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Area girls find big buck success during youth deer hunt

Mia Alvar, 11, and Layla Fussy, 10, were both taking part in Minnesota’s youth firearms deer season for the first time.

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Mia Alvar, 11, with the 8-point buck she shot during this year's Minnesota youth firearms deer season. Contributed

Two area girls, both participating for the first time in Minnesota’s youth firearms deer season held Oct. 21-24, now have deer hunting memories that will last a lifetime.

Mia Alvar, 11, Fort Ripley, daughter of Ethan and Sherrie Alvar, bagged an 8-point buck Oct. 21 in southern Crow Wing County. The inside spread of the rack measured 18 ¼ inches and dressed out the buck weighed 185 pounds.

Ethan Alvar said his daughter was very excited to hunt this year.

“It only took 39 minutes into opener and she had her first deer. We plan on having it mounted for her,” Shane Alvar wrote in an email. “The youth hunt is a great opportunity to make memories with the kids.”

On Oct. 22, Layla Fussy, 10, Baxter, daughter of Mark and Danielle Fussy, got an 11-point buck near Little Falls. Mark Fussy said Layla has been hunting with him since she was about 5 years old and was excited to get to shoot a deer on her own this year.

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Layla Fussy, 10, with an 11-pooint buck she shot during this year's Minnesota youth firearms deer season. Contributed

It took Layla about an hour into her first ever hunt to shoot the big buck.

“We were both shaking like a leaf,” Mark Fussy said. “She did it like a pro. It was pretty fun to watch that. She was a rock star with it."

MATT ERICKSON, editor, may be reached at 218-855-5857 or matt.erickson@brainerddispatch.com.

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Layla Fussy, 10, with an 11-point buck she shot during this year's Minnesota youth firearms deer season. Contributed

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