Minnesota had a split season in 1976 because the population was so low. For me it was a very memorable hunt that year. At that time there were very few bow hunters. In my area I only knew of 3 bow hunters in 2 townships.
The rifle season was the whole month of November. The first 2 weeks you chose 3 consecutive days to hunt. and the last 2 weeks you chose 5 consecutive days to hunt.
It was a great hunt, the deer weren't pushed to bad and there weren't many hunters afield at that time. I took the thanksgiving weekend, followed a buck for 4 days and shot him in his bed Sunday afternoon when it was still and -15 below zero. It was my first 148 point buck in 26 yrs. of hunting, and my very best and memorable white tail hunt ever.