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Deer hunt numbers down in Minnesota

ST. PAUL - The firearms deer harvest is down a little this year and officials says it's likely because of high winds on opening weekend.

The DNR's Lou Cornicelli says strong winds can adversely affect a deer's hearing and scenting ability, causing limited movement.

He says the deer harvest started out about 20-percent lower than last year but is now only about six-percent off. Cornicelli says he expects the final season harvest to be comparable to last year's total of 207,000 -- if the weather cooperates.

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