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Optimism in deer season despite low numbers

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As the 2013 deer application period progresses toward the June 5 deadline, I'm struck by the thought that no prospective hunter under the age of 40 has ever applied for the lottery when fewer licenses were available than this year.

Actually, the cutoff line is about age 44, or those 14-year-olds who applied for a deer license in 1983, the last time the total available was less than 60,000.

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