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Minnesota hunters ready for deer season opener Saturday

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Nov 4, 2011 at 5:29 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota's firearms deer season opens tomorrow, and wildlife managers say it should be a good one.

Minnesota's white tail deer population is about 1 million. The Department of Natural Resources expects this year's harvest to be in line with the 207,000 deer taken last year. The peak harvest was 290,000 in 2003 after a succession of mild winters.

DEER SEASON OPENS: Get license, rules and other vital Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources information on the opening of the firearms deer season Saturday

The DNR says most of the state's corn crop likely will be harvested by the opener, which is important because standing corn provides cover to deer and can hurt a hunter's chance of success.

Nearly 500,000 hunters are expected to test their skills and luck during the season, which ends in northern Minnesota Nov. 20 and the rest of the state Nov. 13. A special season in southeastern Minnesota runs Nov. 19-27.

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