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Karen Edwards of Imperial bagged this 6 x 8 mule deer during the firearm season. It had a 25 1/2-inch span. (Photo courtesy of Laker’s Bait and Tackle)

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Trevor Courter of Imperial brought down an 8 x 7 mule deer with a 24-inch spread during the early part of the firearm season. (Photo courtesy of Laker’s Bait and Tackle)

Check-in numbers lag behind 2017 after first weekend of deer season

    Check-in stations in Chase County have seen fewer deer this season as compared to 2017, according to Angie West with Wauneta Crossroads and Ron Schoenberger with Laker’s Bait and Tackle.
    In its second year as a check-in station, Wauneta Crossroads checked in 158 deer through Monday afternoon, which West said was not as many as last year when they checked in 176.
    Unsurprisingly the first day featured mostly bucks checked in at Crossroads. West said quite a few does were brought in as the weekend progressed. Muley deer have far exceeded white tail check ins, she added.
    Youth, including some from Crossroads’ sponsored hunters safety class, have checked in 27 deer.
    Hunters from across Nebraska brought in deer, in addition to sportsmen from Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wyoming.

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