Mr. Big was worth the wait

A record-high 1.2 million whitetail deer awaited the opening of the Minnesota's firearm season, and one was very special.

Updated: January 17, 2005, 2:11 PM ET
By Ron Schara | Host of ESPN2's "Backroads with Ron & Raven"

PIERZ, Minn. — If timing is everything, the place to be just before dawn on season-opening Saturday was in a deer woods just about anywhere in Minnesota.

As Venus and Jupiter faded from the night sky, as the gray of a new day oozed through the treetops, a record-high population of whitetail deer awaited the opening of the state's firearm deer season.

Perfect timing Corey Giles.

The 14-year-old from New Prague, Minn., was present for his inaugural deer hunt on a day that ...

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