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Locked and Loaded: Your Guide to the 2011 Deer Hunting Season

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Hundreds of thousands of hunters will be taking aim at Minnesota's deer herd this weekend, as the firearm season opener begins at dawn Saturday morning.

It'll be breezy, but forecasts for the 2011 deer hunting opener are more favorable than they've been in years—with temperatures expected in the mid to upper 50s Saturday and Sunday.

Licenses been selling at a good clip at Trail's End in Fridley, where on Thursday customers had bought as many as 40 by 3 p.m.

Tom Suter bought one of those licenses, for $27. He lives in Lino Lakes but works near Trail's End. He was planning to leave Friday on a trip that would take him straight up Hwy. 65, to hunt west of the highway and south of McGregor, MN.

"I wish I would've gone up today," Suter said. "My buddies are up there."

Patch has packaged a compilation of information and data gathered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

In addition to an online option, there are three licensing agents in Fridley. We have complete details.

By the Numbers

Did you know a deer's home range is about one square mile? Or that the average weight of a deer is the same as that of a human? Learn more.

New This Year: Register Your Deer via Smart Phone

Hunting has gone high-tech in Minnesota. Hunters can now register their deer with their phone right at the kill site. We have complete details.

Food shelves are partnering with state agencies and local meat processors to make donation easy, or donate hides to help preserve habitats. Here's how.

Conservation officers cite hundreds of hunters each year for a wide variety of infractions. Find out what they are and how to avoid trouble.

Nominees sought for Minnesota Deer Hunter Ethics Award

Hunters who exemplify outstanding hunting ethics are being sought for nomination for this year's MDHA Ethics Award. Find out how to submit a nominee.

Hunters Asked to Help Conservation Officers Take Aim at Poachers

Game wardens will be dramatically outnumbered by hunters this weekend, and the DNR is asking for help in tracking poachers who harvest deer illegally.

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