It's safe to go shopping, but not ice fishing
The firearms deer season is over in the Bemidji area, but bow hunters are allowed to continue deer hunting until Dec. 31.
There are also an increasing number of deer hunters who prefer the solitude of hunting later in the season and will hunt the muzzleloader deer season, which begins Saturday and runs through Dec. 13.
Deer hunting with a muzzleloader is a one-shot proposition, much like hunting with a crossbow or compound bow. Hunters use open sights on muzzleloaders and have to reload the gun after each shot. Muzzleloaders typically take shots at distances of 50 yards or less, much like bow hunters.