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Larger herd means more opportunity: This year's deer hunting goal for Minnesota is to shoot more does

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As a conservation officer for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Stuart Bensen spends most of the firearms deer season checking other hunters. That keeps him out of the deer stand until muzzleloader season begins in late November. But growing up hunting in the mid-1970s, Bensen says he remembers a different limitation on his deer season.

The critters just weren't as plentiful as they are now.

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