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Archery Deer Season Opens; City Deer Getting Smarter

Posted at: 09/15/2013 4:53 PM
Updated at: 09/15/2013 10:51 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

The archery deer season got underway in both Minnesota and Wisconsin this weekend.

This year marks the ninth annual Duluth city hunt and it's a tradition that has seen some changes over the years.

"Deer are definitely getting smarter," Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance President Phillip Lockett said. "Every deer in the city now has probably been hunted. They're a lot smarter. They look up more often. They get to know where hunters are putting their stands from year to year."

To up those odds, some hunters practice indoors to make perfect outdoors. One place to practice in Duluth is Chalstrom's Bait and Tackle where they have an indoor range.

"It's been pretty busy," worker James Ostrander said. "People come in to sight in their bow and make sure it's shooting good."

Bowhunter Greg Jeanette was there Sunday. He's been bowhunting for close to 50 years.

"I'll spend about three hours a day in the tree from now until January," Jeanette said.

Lockett said about 20 deer were registered by Sunday afternoon in Duluth. He said that's a good start given the rainy weather.

Lockett said 392 hunters will be out this year within the city limits. That's a record amount of people for the city.

The archery season ends December 31 in Minnesota.

In Wisconsin, the season runs from September 14 to November 21 and November 23 to January 5.