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What's Up Outdoors: Risking ice, snow and wind for the elk hunt

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With winter storms hitting Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana really hard this week, deciding when and how to go elk hunting was a tough decision to make.

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Either leave a day or two early or wait for it to blow over and miss opener. After spending 28 hours in the truck driving through ice, snow and wind, I will say it probably wasn't the safest choice but I made it to western Montana for opening day.

Winter definitely is hitting early this year and I was as prepared as I could be for some very crappy conditions. A lot of overturned vehicles along the way didn't have much luck braving the storm, however.

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Hopefully it all pays off. With my opening day streak the last few years there apparently isn't anything the will keep my away from it. I talked to a lot of other friends from Minnesota who headed out and we all have each others road reports along the way, so good luck to everyone out West this weekend, and hopefully we have better conditions on the way home.

JAMIE DIETMAN, What’s Up Outdoors, may be reached at 218-820-7757.

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Jamie Dietman

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Jamie Dietman

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