Nearly 5,700 young deer hunters harvested a deer during Minnesota’s first statewide youth season, Oct. 17-20, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The tally represents a 77 percent increase from the 2018 youth deer season when the hunt was limited to fewer areas. Coley Girtz, 15, of Park Rapids was among those who were successful. She shot this 9-point buck during the youth hunt.

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