Bluff Country is now antlerless deer hunting country.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources opened antlerless deer hunting in the southeast part of the state starting on Thursday and ending on Sunday. The DNR chose the two areas in the southeast corner (areas 346 and 349) because of how dense the deer population is there.
Some avid deer hunters took advantage of the early season, as places such as the Ferndale Wildlife Management Area near Rushford drew hunters ready to make their first kill.
Perry Fitch, the director of the Bluff Country chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, said the early season was important not just for the established deer hunters, but for the kids at home for MEA weekend.
"I call it the youth season. They're out of school so they can hunt," said Fitch. "The purpose of the hunt is just to be out there. It's the friendship, it's the camaraderie, and the teaching of young people what our future is about."
You do need to have a valid hunting license in order to participate in the early hunting season. The regular hunting season begins on November 5 for most firearms, November 19 for class 3B firearms, and November 26 for muzzleloaders.