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Nature Center Hosts Deer Hunt

November 01, 2017 10:47 PM

(ABC 6 News) - More and more they've become a growing part of the Minnesota landscape, and not just in rural areas. But the deer population in the city of Austin is about to get a little smaller.

"The purpose of the deer hunt is to be able to bring our deer population into a more natural balance, what it should be," said Luke Reese, director of the Hormel Nature Center.

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A special deer hunt has begun at five locations in Austin ... the Hormel nature center, Todd Park, the Bustad addition, Cresthaven addition and the Schraefel wildlife management area. It's a bow hunt only.

"We could have had up to 38 hunters but they had to go through a qualifying process, so they had to be able to hit a target from a certain distance" Luke Reese explained.

31 hunters have ultimately issued permits, and assigned areas to hunt The hunt runs through December 20th, and unlike previous hunts int he city, the public areas will remain open.

"It turns out that if hunters have an expectation that the area they will be hunting it will be closed, it's actually less safe for people," Luke Reese said.

Hunters can take two does, but the havest could be even bigger.

"It's an earn a buck deer hunt, so what that means is if you want the opportunity to shoot a buck you have to take a doe first," Luke Reese said.

And the special hunt is off to a fast start ... two deer were harvested in the opening minutes on Wednesday morning.


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