Wildfire could mean even longer waits for some moose hunters

Hunters already wait years for a permit. Now the fire has scattered the animals and changed the landscape. One DNR official tells the Pioneer Press the fire is "a game-changer."
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Hunters already wait years for a permit. Now the fire has scattered the animals and changed the landscape. One DNR official tells the Pioneer Press the fire is "a game-changer."

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