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Rifle season for deer hunting begins Saturday. George-Ann Maxson, of Bemidji, sits in a ground blind she set up on her property near Turtle River Lake. Maxson became interested in hunting after meeting her husband, Stephen, and has been hunting in the Bemidji area ever since for more than 20 years. Submitted photo

Deer hunting: Three women share rituals

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Three women from the Bemidji, Minn., area are preparing for rifle season, which begins Saturday at dawn.

For these hunters, preparing for a hunt is not so much a routine - it's a ritual.

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George-Ann Maxson, 58, was not raised to be a hunter. In fact, she grew up in Chicago.

"I was totally an urban kid growing up," Maxson said. "But I liked nature; I read my share of Jack London novels."

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