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OUTDOORS NOTES: Another strong harvest at Ripley

Cool, wet weather greeted hunters at the second two-day hunt Oct. 29-30 at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, with archers harvesting 135 deer, according to the DNR.

Those deer, coupled with the 287 taken during the Oct. 20-21 hunt, represent the eighth-best harvest at Camp Ripley. Although the harvest during the second hunt is about 5 percent below average, the four-day total of 422 deer is 33 percent above the long-term average harvest of 316 deer for the two-hunts.

A total of 5,000 permits were issued for both two-day hunts, with 4,305 hunters participating. Hunter success was 13 percent during the first hunt (3 percent above average), and 6 percent during the second hunt (2 percent below average). That’s a success rate of just above 6 percent for the two hunts combined (3 percent below the long-term average of 9 percent).

For the eighth year running, hunters at Camp Ripley were allowed to take up to two deer and to use bonus permits to increase harvest of antlerless deer.

The proportion of antlerless deer taken at Camp Ripley was 1 percent higher than last year and much higher than the long-term average (55 percent), with about 64 percent of this year’s harvest comprised of does and fawns.

The largest buck taken on the second hunt, which weighed 215 pounds, was taken by Timothy Bilek of St. Paul.

Whitefish-tullibee sport-netting dates, regulations released

Recreational netting for whitefish-tullibee has opened on northern Minnesota lakes that are less susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperature, according to the DNR.

These lakes, known as Schedule II lakes, offer recreational netting on the following schedule:

• Schedule II A lakes opened Oct. 14 and close Dec. 4.

• Schedule II B lakes opened Nov. 4 and close Dec. 11.

• Schedule II C lakes opened Friday and close Dec. 11.

Schedule I lakes, which are more susceptible to factors that impact water temperatures, will be opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses and other public places.

A complete list of all schedule I and II lakes as well as detailed netting regulations are available online at or by calling the DNR Information Center at (651) 296 6157 or toll-free at (888) 646-6367.

Lakes closed to recreational netting in 2011 in the greater Brainerd lakes area include Mille Lacs Lake in Aitkin, Crow Wing and Mille Lacs counties, East and West Fox, Mitchell, Serpent and Nisswa lakes in Crow Wing County, Roy Lake in Cass and Crow Wing counties and Osakis Lake in Douglas and Todd counties.