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Ryan Hanisch scans a field and tree line west of Park Rapids Saturday looking for deer while dad Charles looks on. The Eden Prairie men own a seasonal home on Portage Lake and were hunting with relatives from the area. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Park Rapids area hunters report mediocre opener due to cornfields sheltering deer

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By dawn Saturday hundreds of orange-clad men and women had fanned out over the fields and forests of Hubbard County in search of deer.

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The firearms opener got off to its usual bang even though deer counts are down and permit restrictions mean only getting one deer in the Park Rapids and Osage areas.

Further south in Becker County a five-deer limit was in effect.

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