A new DNR rule allowing hunters as young as 10 to hunt with an adult - and take a deer - came under some fire before the opening of the state firearms season. But the early returns, at least in this area, have been positive.
In past years, hunters had to be at least 12 to hunt and take a deer. But under the new rule, 10- and 11-year-olds could hunt as long as an adult with the appropriate deer hunting license was with the younger hunter - at arm's length, which in most cases meant together in the deer stand - and could take a deer using the adult's tag.
Haley Wiebolt, 10, of Pequot Lakes bagged a nice buck in her first year of deer hunting.
Two area girls were among those who took advantage of the new rule. Haley Wiebolt, 10, daughter of Mark and Holly Wiebolt of Pequot Lakes, bagged an 8-point buck near Leader the second weekend of the firearms season. Megan Doran, 11, daughter of Mike and Wendy Doran of Baxter, took a button buck Nov. 14 in the St. Mathias area.
Not only are Megan and Haley proof that deer hunting isn't just for older kids anymore, they're examples that deer hunting isn't just for boys. And with Megan's deer, three generations of gals in the family harvested deer this year - mom Wendy and grandmother Judy Koep also bagged a deer apiece and aunt Shelley Bartella tallied three deer.
Megan Doran, 11, of Baxter with her dad, Mike Doran, and her button buck.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.