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Deer season starts quietly

Kristi and Olivia Munson

     Maybe it was the shortage of bullets or the prey was scarce, but deer hunting 2013 got off to a quiet start in the north woods.

     That’s not to say the season’s a bust.

     Hubbard County merchants have done a brisk business, selling meals, chips, beer, whiskey, sunflower seeds and blaze orange.

     But hunters are saying the deer have retreated deep into the woods.

     “We’ve registered a couple, heard a couple good stories but I think it’s a good opener.” said Debbie Lempola, co-owner of Delaney’s  Sport Center in Parl Rapids.

     “You have to remember it’s both archery and firearms season,” she added.

     “Most people don’t come in until late in the day.”

     “We’ve registered six or seven,” said Emmaville Store owner Mike Spry.

     “It’s quieter this year, not as much shooting,” he said.

     “We’re seeing a lot of young bucks – the dumb ones,” he chuckled.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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