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Deer Hunting Opener: A Northland tradition continues

Published: Nov. 6, 2021 at 11:34 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 7, 2021 at 1:34 AM CDT
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PIKE LAKE, MN (KBJR) -- Hunting shops all over Minnesota have been busy preparing for firearm deer hunting’s opening weekend.

“Lots of license sales and lots of people coming to get involved in our Big Buck Contest,” said David Daniells, Fisherman’s Corner Employee.

At Fisherman’s Corner in Pike Lake, employees said business has been on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic.

They sell licenses, guns, and gear, but in some ways, they’re also selling the sport of hunting.

“Get as many people involved as we can, get people excited about the sport, and try to invest in the people who’ve been investing here at the shop,” said Daniells.

After a day of hunting, people stopped by to register their haul with the state.

For some hunters who stopped by the shop, they weren’t just registering their first deer of the season, they were registering their first deer ever.

“I shot my first buck, and he went down with one shot,” said Colton Trush, a 12-year-old from Proctor.

Colton’s buck was a first for him, and one of the first registered Saturday at the shop.

He said he learned how to hunt from his dad.

“He taught me to be quiet and just still when you’re about to shoot a deer,” said Colton.

In the Trush family, the hunting skills are passed down from generation to generation.

“I’ve been hunting since I was about 11, I used to go with my dad and Colton’s been tagging along with me since he was a little guy,” said Justin Trush, father of Colton.

And sometimes hunting knowledge goes both ways.

“It was Colton’s idea to use a deer blind. We sat in a stand before, but we didn’t like the cold very much, so Colton talked me into buying a blind with a heater,” said Justin Trush.

It’s a family tradition, being upheld once again in the Northland.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resource estimates that more than 500,000 people will take part in deer hunting this year.

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