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After the Hunt: Area hunters find success during deer season

Della Koep holds up the antlers of this nice buck she shot opener morning near Parkers Prairie. It was her first deer. Submitted photo1 / 17
Jeff Pomerenke shot this button buck on the opener afternoon while on a dead run near Parkers Prairie. It's his first deer in over six years. Submitted photo2 / 17
Jason Van Batavia, Wadena, bagged this 8-point buck. Helping out are Greta, Henry and Joseph Van Batavia. Submitted photo3 / 17
Chuck Horsager, rural Sebeka, with this six-point buck shot on Nov. 8. Submitted photo4 / 17
Cooper Ness, Deer Creek, shot this eight-point buck, his first deer on opening day. Submitted photo5 / 17
Faith Swain, 17, with a 10-point buck she shot in Hewitt. Submitted photo6 / 17
Al Werk with his buck shot northeast of Verndale. Submitted photo7 / 17
Tara Leddon, formerly of Hermiston, Ore., now of Wadena, went on her first hunt, first shooting this eight-point buck Nov. 4, then a doe Nov. 9. She shot the deer at the Vernon and Edna VanOrsdel's family farm. Submitted photo8 / 17
Bradley Moats shot his first deer, a four-point buck, opening morning near Deer Creek. Submitted photo9 / 17
Ryan Hunke, Wadena, with his 204 pound buck. Submitted photo10 / 17
Alex Anderson and Tianna Saltzman hold Tianna's first buck shot south of Wadena. Submitted photo11 / 17
Addison Carr, Wadena, with her first buck, an 8-point, 194.4 pounder. Submitted photo12 / 17
Brandon Dunn and his son Carsten who shot this doe in the Wadena area. Submitted photo13 / 17
Sixteen-year-old Soren Wedde holds his first buck, a 7-pointer, shot outside Wadena. Submitted photo14 / 17
Twelve-year-old Mason Brauch, of Bluffton, shot this eight-point buck on opening morning, his first year hunting. Submitted photo15 / 17
Dustyn Larson of Bluffton shot this 15-point buck opening day of the firearms season. Submitted photo16 / 17
Jessica Hall, Wadena, with her first buck, shot Nov. 10 near Bemidji. Submitted photo17 / 17

Local hunters found success afield in the 2018 firearm season. Many shared their photos with the Pioneer Journal including a load of first-time hunters.