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Young hunters take deer near Savanna

Tracking dogs helped young hunters find downed deer during the annual youth deer hunt Oct. 12 and 13 at the Lost Mound Unit of the Upper Mississippi R9ver National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Savanna. Pictured are (left) Teddy Robbins, assistant handler, with Maverick, and Seth Nelson with Kimber. Submitted by Ed Britton.
Tracking dogs helped young hunters find downed deer during the annual youth deer hunt Oct. 12 and 13 at the Lost Mound Unit of the Upper Mississippi R9ver National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Savanna. Pictured are (left) Teddy Robbins, assistant handler, with Maverick, and Seth Nelson with Kimber. Submitted by Ed Britton.

SAVANNA – A youth deer hunt was held Oct. 12-13 at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

The 30 participants were from Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota, with 10 of them from out of state. A record of 16 deer, including 11 bucks and five does, were harvested.

The biggest deer was an 8-point buck with a field-dressed weight of 150 pounds, harvested by Tyler Reed of Leaf River. Eight hunters were girls, and three hunters harvested their first deer.

Seth Nelson, co-owner of Down Deer Recovery, helped hunters find deer with his tracking dogs, Kimber, a bloodhound, and Maverick, a German shepherd.

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