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Deer Hunting Opener and Finally some Decent Weather

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Now that we know what the weather is expected to be like, what are the field conditions going to be like for hunters? Valley News team's Eric Crest has your deer hunting opener report from the experts.

The opener, it's more like a holiday than an event. Half a million people in Minnesota will take to the fields and woods and another 60 thousand in North Dakota.

"Which was down about seven eight thousand from last year," says Doug Leier of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

That's the lowest number of tags awarded in North Dakota in 30 years. The Game and Fish Department says disease is much to blame, but while there are less tags maybe there's perspective to be gained.

"There's fewer tags out there. In the short term less opportunity for hunters, but then hunters know in the back of their minds, over time, that should help the herd grow and expand and provide more opportunities," says Leier.

While many hunters might wish crops would have been harvested by now, to cut back on deer laying low. Many hunters likely won't even notice.

"State wide corn harvest was at like 50 percent at the beginning of the week," says Leier.

As far as this weather goes, minus the rain-snow like stuff that came down Friday afternoon in parts of the valley. We're actually doing all right. Turns out deer don't like the extreme cold or hot, they're looking for the run of the mill-typical weather.

"Somewhere in the middle with weather, somewhere in the middle in field conditions, and somewhere in the middle in harvest makes it about as close to typical... if typical exists," says Leier.

So try to stay typical and good luck deer hunting!

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