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Brian Basham/TRibune Time to thin the herd? A whitetail doe peers across a road in the Toad Lake area last week.

Hunting fever sweeps area -- Firearms deer season now open

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The firearms deer season opens today, and it brings a lot of preparation for hunters and plenty of business to area sporting goods stores.

Lakes Sport Shop in Detroit Lakes was full at times on Friday with last-minute hunting licenses still to be bought, along with the requisite ammunition and other gear needed to take down a deer.

Marty Kumpula of Lakes Sport Shop said that hunters have been coming in at a steady pace for a week.

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