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.