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Hunting harvest good overall

Published 11:08am Monday, November 8, 2010

The deer harvest itself was good in many parts of Otter Tail County. This year many hunters are using the option to register online or by phone. That’s the case in the Fergus Falls area, said representatives of Holiday Station on South Union Avenue and Big Chief, south of Fergus Falls.

Hunting has been good in the Pelican Rapids area, according to Al Ziegler, sports shop manager at the Park Region convenience store.

“We’ve had a good season opener, and I estimate about 125 registrations over the weekend,” said Ziegler. “People also can come in and registered through ESL (Electronic Licensing System). We scan the bar code on the hunter’s license and then the hunter gets a printout, proof that the deer is registered.”

Others, said Ziegler, took the option of doing the registration work themselves, online or by phone.

Barry Short Stop in Ashby had registered 77 deer by 8:30 a.m. today. Ed Evenson, who harvested a six-point buck, was among the first 10 people to register before 10 a.m. Saturday. The farmer shot his buck five miles south of Ashby.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty saw some deer but didn’t harvest a buck or doe in his final Minnesota Governor’s Deer Opener, which was held in the Little Falls area. Pawlenty said he saw several deer Saturday but didn’t take any shots at them.

Pawlenty harvested a four-point buck in 2004. He started the annual Governor’s Deer Opener to draw attention to Minnesota’s deer hunting tradition and the economic benefits to the state. This was Pawlenty’s final deer hunting opener since he did not see seek a third term.

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