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This 20-by-18-foot deer "stand" was built on St. Louis County forestland. County land managers say they want to limit the size and nature of deer stands while banning the cutting of trees for shooting lanes and the planting of food plots. (St. Louis County Department of Lands and Mines photo)

Minnesota foresters say deer stands getting too elaborate

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DULUTH, Minn. - It used to be that a deer stand was a couple of aspen saplings nailed between two trees, just a place for a hunter to see above the brush for a better shot at a trophy buck.

But increasingly across St. Louis County forests, including on public lands, permanent deer stands have become a whole lot more elaborate -- some far too elaborate for county land managers. And hunters are cutting more trees near those stands so they can see deeper into the woods.

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