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Official clarifies 'boycott' hunt comment

Boycott the deer hunt?

That was a suggestion from Carlton County commissioner Gary Peterson last week, during a widely attended meeting in Carlton about wolves and their supposed impact on the declining deer population.

Peterson was quoted by a Duluth media source as telling the crowd of roughly 300 attendees, "Boycott the deer season," as a way of hitting the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in its pocketbook.

When reached for further comment this week about his suggestion, Peterson presented a more nuanced understanding.

"I don't want to come off as an extremist," Peterson said. "Bu...