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Published November 02, 2011, 08:02 AM

Saturday sunrise will make hunters wait

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - For those of you heading out on the deer opener this weekend the federal government and the stars are lining up against an early start.

For those of you heading out on the deer opener this weekend The federal government and the stars are lining up against an early start.

This Saturday is the latest sunrise of the year. In western Minnesota the sun will be coming up around 8:15. The deer hunt in Minnesota begins 30 minutes before sunrise. This Sunday morning we'll set our clocks back 1 hour at 2 AM. We used to do this a week earlier until 2007 when the federal government moved it a week later to save energy.

Before that as we moved toward winter solstice in December - when the sun is centered on the southern hemisphere of the earth - we would see our latest sunrise near the New Year. That means that hunting season used to start at about 6:45 in western Minnesota. Of course if you really want to get the jump on other hunters, the sunrise in eastern Minnesota is nearly 20 minutes earlier than the western part of the state.

Our earliest sunset will be around December 12th and then will slowly start getting later.

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