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Letter to the editor: Be a smart hunter, and scout your land in advance

Hunting season is upon us. Several bow hunters I've talked to aren't thrilled about the early antlerless hunt this weekend. Hopefully, any hunter -- whether bow or firearm -- has been out scouting the area they intend to hunt, no matter when or h...

Hunting season is upon us. Several bow hunters I've talked to aren't thrilled about the early antlerless hunt this weekend.

Hopefully, any hunter -- whether bow or firearm -- has been out scouting the area they intend to hunt, no matter when or how they're hunting. An ethical hunter will have been out scouting their area since August and even throughout the coming months.

Unfortunately, there are "weekend warriors" out there who don't scout the area they intend to hunt. They don't check for signs of other hunters in the area, watch for private property boundaries, or even bother to talk with adjacent private land owners to get permission to track or retrieve an animal from their land.

My husband and I and several neighboring landowners have had issues over the last several years with these types of folks who call themselves hunters.

Such practice is dangerous not only to them, but to anyone else out in the woods during hunting season. We've been hunting deer for over 35 years and for us and many other hunters there is more to it than just "bagging a deer."

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If you are planning to head out for the early anterless hunt this weekend, or are thinking you might want to hunt any part of the season, be smart, be safe, and scout your land well in advance of the hunt. Know who else is hunting in the area and make yourself aware of private and public land boundaries. It's not only the smart thing to do; it's the right thing to do.

Sheila Buchheit

Duluth

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