Variable weather greeted archers at this year’s Camp Ripley bow hunts near Little Falls, with hunters taking 278 deer during the event that took place Oct. 17-Oct. 18 and Oct. 26-27, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
In all, 2,137 hunters participated, and 12.6 percent were successful in harvesting a deer, well above the long-term average success of 8.9 percent.
“We have a strong partnership with Central Lakes College and they did a great job managing traffic and registering deer. The event is a valuable opportunity to train students pursuing a career in wildlife management,” said Beau Liddell, DNR wildlife manager at Little Falls.
The Central Lakes College natural resources program coordinated morning check-in and provided deer registration services at the hunts.
“Successful hunters said they were seeing lots of deer in camp this year, and many large bucks were registered at the check station,” said Dr. Bill Faber, head of Central Lakes College natural resources program.
The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. 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 reservation.