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Quiet archery hunt starts true to form

Mike Johnson of Montevideo sighted in his bow and practiced for the deer archery season last week at Montevideo's outdoor shooting range along the Chippewa River. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

WILLMAR -- Archers began their quiet search for that perfect shot a week ago Saturday and true to form, no one is making a lot of noise about what they may be seeing.

A check with local registration stations indicates that few deer were registered since the start of the deer archery season.

That's only to be expected with the warm weather, said Brad Foshaug, Brad's 71 Bait and Sports, Willmar. He said hunters reported seeing only minimal deer activity during the weekend.

Activity picked up when the temperatures cooled on Monday.

One eight-point buck was registered at D.J.'s Sporting Goods in Montevideo in what otherwise was a quiet opening weekend in the area, according to Jim Dahlvang. He also noted that hunters were eager for cooler weather to arrive so that deer activity would pick up.

One archer in the Spicer area bagged a 12-pointer on the opening weekend, according to Corey Barber at Precision Archery, Spicer. He said that was the only opening weekend trophy that he had heard of.

The deer archery season extends through the remainder of the year. The cooler temperatures and rutting activity in October usually draws most of the archers to their stands.

Statewide, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was expecting to see 100,000 archers pursue deer this year, up slightly from last year. The DNR was expecting a reduced harvest due to lower deer numbers in many areas.

Archers usually account for about 10 percent of the total deer harvest in the state, according to the DNR.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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