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Minnesota deer harvest tops 180,000

That's down about 7 percent from last year. The DNR says the decline is due to the cold, windy weather during the opener weekend. Across the river, our neighbors to the east are exactly opposite -- they're up nearly 6 percent -- bagging more than 112,000 in their first weekend.
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That's down about 7 percent from last year. The DNR says the decline is due to the cold, windy weather during the opener weekend. Across the river, our neighbors to the east are exactly opposite -- they're up nearly 6 percent -- bagging more than 112,000 in their first weekend.

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The Department of Natural Resources says the decline is a result of a smaller deer population and a windy opening weekend of the firearms season. Minnesota deer hunters harvested 192,300 deer during the 2011 season. That's 15,000 fewer deer than in 2010. The 2012 deer hunting season begins in September.

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