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Hunters get by on first deer weekend

By Staff | Nov 15, 2013

The first weekend of deer hunting in the area provided plenty of challenges, but area hunters did find success.

Rugby dentist Paul Niemi joined six others on opening weekend of deer season and shot a couple does around Selz and Heimdal. The group passed on some bucks and saw at least three deer each day.

“The deer, certainly by Sunday, were pushed into the corn,” Niemi said. “When I drove home on Saturday, my son and I saw 14 deer along (N.D. 3) and that’s quite a few. The deer are there. The numbers are down, but they’re there. As soon as the corn gets down they’ll be there.”

The wind proved difficult, but hunters are increasingly facing tougher conditions with fewer shelter belts still around and sloughs that have been burned out. Niemi said his group didn’t see many other hunters, which can partially be attributed to the lower number of licenses awarded this year.

In the northeast corner of the county, the story is much the same. Jim Wolf of Wolford said he saw very few hunters in that area over the weekend. Wolf’s license is for south of Highway 2 and he said there were more hunters there.

“There’s a lot of corn out yet,” he added, citing one reason for not seeing many deer,” but the population is definitely down, too.”

Wolf said there are a number of deer around his yard, but he doesn’t see many out in the open.

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