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Winter Warning For Hunters

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Even though general deer and elk hunting season got off to a slow start this weekend, FWP spokesman, John Fraley, has words he wants all hunters to hear before heading out this winter.

According to Fraley, the Whitetail deer harvest is down 40% over last year's.

He blames the low numbers on Saturday's mild weather, since game can feed at night rather than in daylight.

"I spent seven hours at the Swan check station and one person brought a deer through. That's how slow it was," said Fraley.

However, Fraley warns as temperatures drop, outdoorsmen should be sure to bring three things: suitable clothing, multiple ways to start a fire, and flashlights with extra batteries.

Fraley also suggests telling others where you plan to hunt and recommends bringing along a map or GPS.

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