First of all, today is the beginning of deer hunting season. Hunters, be safe.

Back in the day somewhere in the '60s through the '80s, when KRFO was owned by Jerry Boos, Todd Hale and Pink Allen, they would ask hunters to call in if they had gotten a deer and then that would be part of the news.

When Jim Gleason started at KRFO, he decided to go out in the field with the deer hunters and that started in 1995. He would visit with the Seykoras and Herzogs, among others, and hunters were and are invited to let us know. This marks the 20th year of deer reports on KRFO.

Today being the first day of deer hunting firearm season, Brad Fischer has continued the tradition of deer reports on KRFO with Jim Gleason. Fischer also talked with Brad Ritter in northern Minnesota, near Aitkin. They discuss what all hunters want to know: How's the weather? Did you see any? Did anyone in the group see one? Did you get one?

You also are invited to email photos of your success to KRFO for publication on our website. Please include the name of the hunter, deer size and location where it was bagged.

Hunters are invited to donate the deer hides to Hides for Habitat. Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) will then sell the hides to fur-buying companies to raise money for local habitat projects.

Some other hunting information from the DNR website includes:

  • Archery season is from mid-September to the end of the year.
  • Muzzleloader sason will be Nov. 28 to Dec. 13.

Other seasons include:

  • Small game season: rabbits and squirrel, started in September and will end of February 2016.
  • Raccoon, ppossum, red/gray fox, badger hunting/trapping season is until March 15, 2016.

Safety Tips include:

  • Always let someone know where you will be and what time you will return.
  • Take precautions while out hunting, bring a compass, have a survival kit that would include: knife, first aid supplies, waterproof matches and shelter.
  • Know when it is time to go in.
20th Year of Deer Reports with Jim Gleason on KRFO. Brad Fischer/Townsquare Media