Archers Harvest 324 Deer at Camp Ripley

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Hunters enjoyed another successful hunt Oct. 26-27 at Camp Ripley Military Reservation near Little Falls.

Archers harvested 136 deer during the weekend hunt, including 10 bucks weighing more than 200 pounds. There were 188 deer taken during the earlier hunt Oct. 17-18, for a total of 324 deer harvested in 2002.

"This represents the fifth largest harvest on record at Camp Ripley," said Beau Liddell, Little Falls area wildlife manager for the Department of Natural Resources.

A total of 4,500 permits were issued for both two-day hunts, identical to last year, with 3,772 hunters participating. Hunter success over both hunts was identical to the 20-year average of 8 percent.

"As usual, hunters were very selective in 2002, with about 60 percent of the harvest consisting of adult bucks," Liddell said.

The largest buck during the weekend hunt weighed 235 pounds, taken by Vaughn Cornelius of St. Cloud. Other hunters who harvested large bucks were: Bill Showers, Lindstrom, 227 pounds; Rick Pickar, Brainerd, 227 pounds; Joel Jensen, Princeton, 225 pounds; William Crooker, Maple Grove, 212 pounds; Troy Hanson, Crosslake, 210 pounds; Kyle Hoglund, Dalbo, 210 pounds; Todd Sexe, St. Cloud, 205 pounds; Stanley Hahn, Princeton, 204 pounds; and Mike Hoffman, Prior Lake, 204 pounds.

Heinz Gee of Cottage Grove harvested the largest doe, weighing in at 140 pounds. Gloria Brown of Brainerd and Terrance Maciej of Bowlus each harvested a doe weighing 131 pounds.

The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt with the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre Camp Ripley reservation.