Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The first weekend proved to be strong start for the Duluth in city bow hunt.
Hunters set out over the weekend to participate in season nine of the inner city deer hunt and bagged an estimated 33 deer.
The first city bow hunt began back in 2004 to reduce the number of nuisance deer in the city.
The president of the Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance says while the deer population in Duluth has dropped over the years, deer are becoming more aware of hunters in the city limits.
"They're definitely not as dumb as people think they are. They know when they're being hunted. They're still a deer and they still know that there are threats out there, they have real keen noses and real keen ears, so hunters have to abide by everything or they just don't get the deer," said Phillip Lockett, president of the Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance.
Lockett expects hunters to harvest approximately 500 deer within Duluth's boundaries this year.
The bow hunting season runs through the end of the year.