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Photo provided Brandon Wegscheid shot a non-typical 11-point buck Monday morning north of Bluffton. The Wadena-Deer Creek seventh-grader was allowed to skip one day of school for hunting. He is the son of Joel and Becky Wegscheid.

Weather slows down deer hunt

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The Minnesota firearm deer hunting opener was blown off course this weekend by a southerly gale that greatly limited success.

One of the better areas was Verndale where some local hunters filled out. Sandra Gould of Carr's Convenience had relatives that did well north of County Road 7. Hunting parties passing through Verndale from northern Minnesota complained of poor deer numbers due to tough winter conditions.

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Brad Snyder of Shell Sports and Bait in Menahga talked to many hunters who had poor action due to the high winds.

"It was very tough hunting," Snyder said. "When the conditions are like that there isn't a lot of movement."

Snyder did not know of any parties that filled out but said many hunters were in the woods.

Ken Peltier of Hardware Hank's in New York Mills sold a lot of deer licenses before the season but reported poor hunting success.

"I didn't see the deer I usually do," said Peltier, who is a deer hunter himself.

Ken Salonek, one of the owners of the Huntersville Outpost, noted Monday afternoon that deer numbers in the northeastern part of Wadena County before the season were very good and that a lot of hunters are still out. Salonek had only registered 47 deer as of Monday afternoon.

The nine-day season in the Wadena area wraps up next Sunday. No rain is in the forecast but there is a forecast for windy conditions on Wednesday.

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