DNR Hunts at Camp Ripley a success

DNR Hunts at Camp Ripley a success

November 17, 2020 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (11/17/20)

(Little Falls, MN) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports that Archery Deer hunters from the Camp Ripley hunts finished with record success during the two weekend events, from October 15-16 and Oct 31-Nov 1.

This year, 1,864 participating hunters harvested 310 deer compared to 2019’s hunt which had 2,137 hunters with 279 harvested deer. Hunters also took home 25 large, antlered deer during the event which was greater than 8 percent of the total harvest. Those numbers were up from the 3.5 percent long-term average of total harvest. The largest was a 16-point buck that a hunter checked in on the last day.

Even with the modifications in aspects from the yearly hunt with the DNR, Central Lakes College, and Camp Ripley due to COVID-19 registered a harvest up 11.5-percent from last year and was above the 40-year average of 305 deer. 

The DNR coordinates the hunts in collaboration with Central Lakes College Natural Resources Program and the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military facility.