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Published November 08, 2012, 05:45 PM

A winter storm could change the plans of North Dakota deer hunters

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol today has a warning for you hunters headed west for the state's deer opener tomorrow. With a winter storm predicted for a good chunk of the state, driving and hunting conditions could be miserable.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol today has a warning for you hunters headed west for the state's deer opener tomorrow. With a winter storm predicted for a good chunk of the state, driving and hunting conditions could be miserable.

What's brewing out west is headed our way. An area of low pressure set to blow in, bringing with it, pockets of freezing rain, and heavy snow in parts.

Daryl Ritchison, WDAY Meteorologist: "There will be quite a few 5 to 10 inches total always some bands do a little bit better than that, I think wide spread northern tier.

In some part of the state, a watch will turn into a warning. But look for snow north and west of here.

Todd Kirchoffner/hunter: "It is about the weather, we have a job that starts Monday."

Todd Kirchoffner of West Fargo had plans of heading west today for Deer Hunting. An annual tradition for him and his 12 -year old son and a dozen others near Mohall. With the impending storm, safety may rule over a hunting trip.

Kirchoffner: "It comes time that when you know you walk in the fields and if it is blizzarding you might not make it back to the truck and also safety of the firearms, rollovers on the ice. Considerations."

What concerns many is the threat of an expected band of freezing rain, making travel treacherous for some.

With the threat of freezing rain, it could change what hunters wear, and how carefully they walk and climb deer stands, while carrying their guns.

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