MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says 89 deer were taken from the first two-day bow hunt at Camp Ripley Military Reservation near Little Falls.

The event was held last weekend and is the first of two archery hunts at Camp Ripley. Hunters can apply in advance for the events. The 89 deer hunted is up 19 percent from last year.

DNR officials say 1,579 permits were issued for the first hunt and 1,216 participated. About seven percent of hunters were successful.

Savage resident Benjamin Fern captured the largest buck, weighing in at 203 pounds. Elk River native Brent Hedberg took a deer almost as big at 200 pounds. Of the adult does registered, Matt Hegge of Moose Lake claimed the biggest at 126 pounds.

The second two-day hunt is scheduled for Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The event is coordinated by the DNR with the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the military reservation.

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