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Tim Pawlenty

Minnesota hunters prepare for Saturday firearms deer opener

An army of Minnesota hunters clad in blaze orange will take to the woods in force Saturday as the state's main firearms deer season opens. Here are some things to know about this year's hunt:


The Department of Natural Resources says more deer are out in the woods this fall, so hunters may see more deer from their tree stands — though restrictions on shooting antlerless deer means another conservative season. The state's deer herd has grown thanks to a relatively mild winter and fewer antlerless permits last season. But for the second season in a row, the DNR is seeking to rebuild the herd in areas where deer populations remain below their goals....