LITTLE FALLS -- The Minnesota DNR says archery hunters had a strong harvest at a deer hunting event at Camp Ripley last month.

Nearly 2,000 hunters harvested 273 deer during the three-day event near Little Falls from October 29th-31st.

Dr. Bill Faber is the head of the Central Lakes College Natural Resources Program. He says the event was changed from a single day to a three-day event due to the anticipated lower harvest numbers.

With a robust deer herd at Camp Ripley, hunters still experienced about 14% success, well above the long-term average of 9% for the hunt.

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The DNR says the largest deer recorded was an 11-point buck shot by Anthony Swenson of Waconia.

Last year, 1,846 hunters harvested 310 deer over two, two-day hunts.

The DNR coordinates the hunt in collaboration with Central Lakes College Natural Resources Program and the Department of Military Affairs, which managers the 53,000-acre military reservation.


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