Updated: 11/13/2013 11:17 PM
Created: 11/11/2013 7:06 PM WDIO.com
By: Laura Kennedy
The air had a chill and the wind was whipping, a cold start to the Minnesota firearm season. But some hunters like it that way.
"Last year was a little bit warmer. This year, definitely got some nice tracking weather," said Doug Swanstrom of Duluth. "They are in rut right now so with the snow we should be able to see where they're going."
Steve Dwyer of Duluth didn't have to wait long at all for his opportunity. He bagged a doe early Saturday.
"It was about a quarter to eight and it actually walked up behind me and kind of looked at me and I guess it wasn't too bothered by the way I was looking," Dwyer said. "I shot it and that was it. Nice deer."
Rebecca Amundsen also hunted in Duluth. After coming up empty last year, she finally got her buck on opening morning.
"I was in tears and calling friends to let them know what happened," Amundsen said. "It feels very good because last year I put in about 18 hours opening weekend and saw one doe opening morning. It's just a rush."
The pressure is off, but both hunters hope to get another deer in their sights yet this season.
"I've got a buck tag and now I can shoot a buck and I can be more selective and really relax during hunting," Dwyer said. "You don't feel pressure to shoot the first deer that you see."
"I'm hoping I can get another one this year," Amundsen said. "I'll hunt forever. I enjoy it. "
Whether you fill your tags or not, most Northlanders agree fellowship is as much a part of hunting as filling the fridge.
"It's all about getting together with your friends," Dwyer said. "We don't need the meat but we make stuff out of it and I really enjoy it. Hey, it's better than beef even."
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