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Dan Coleman sharpens the blade of a hunting knife Saturday. This weekend he will be participating in the firearms deer opener. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Hunting opener results in fewer permits

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A shrinking deer population, combined with a local one-deer limit, could pack a one-two punch to the region's deer-fueled economy this weekend.

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Hunters may be tempted to go elsewhere. Or stay home Nov. 7 when the rifle season opens.

Monday morning, a customer in Delaney's Sports Center may have foreshadowed what will come - he was seeking directions to areas where there are multiple deer permits available.

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