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Hunters register 111,000 deer through third weekend

Minnesota hunters registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

So far this year during special hunts and the archery, early antlerless and firearms seasons, hunters have harvested 127,000 deer, down from the 2013 todate harvest total of 160,000.

This year’s lower harvest is by design because regulations were implemented to place more deer – particularly does – off limits to increase Minnesota’s deer population.

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Completion of Gandy Dancer Trail bridge restores Minnesota-Wisconsin connection

Right on time for the snowmobile season, the Gandy Dancer Bridge across the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, east of Hinckley, has reopened, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The bridge restores use of the Gandy Dancer Trail - a popular multi-use trail connecting the St. Croix and Nemadji state forests in Minnesota with communities along the trail in Wisconsin.

“The bridge provides important connections to a wide range of motorized and nonmotorized recreational uses and is an economic driver for many communities along the trail,” said Martin Torgerson, DNR Parks and Trails area supervisor. “It took a cooperative effort between organizations on both sides of the border, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the new bridge to serve our recreational users and the partnerships formed between the states and counties involved.”

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