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Field Reports: Apply soon for Minnesota antlerless deer permits, wolf licenses

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Minnesotans who want to apply for antlerless deer permits and those who want to apply for a wolf hunting or trapping license should remember the deadline is Sept. 4.

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Antlerless deer permits are issued by lottery. While many deer permit areas across Northeastern Minnesota are designated as bucks-only this year, antlerless permits are available through a lottery in some other units. Check the hunting regulations booklet or go to mndnr.gov for deer permit area designations.

Wolf licenses also are issued by lottery. Information on wolf hunting is available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/hunting/wolf.

Wolf management information is available at mndnr.gov/wolves.

Wisconsin announces liberal duck season Wisconsin duck hunters will have a 60-day season opening Sept. 27, the Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday. The youth waterfowl hunt will be held Sept. 20-21.

Changes to waterfowl regulations will include a reduction in the daily canvasback limit from two to one, and an expansion of the Horicon Zone Canada goose limit from six birds to 12.

The daily bag limit for ducks statewide will be six, including no more than: four mallards, of which only one may be a hen; one black duck; one canvasback; three wood ducks; two pintails; three scaup; and two redheads.

An early teal season will be held Sept. 1-7 statewide with a daily bag limit of six teal. For more information on Wisconsin’s waterfowl seasons, go to dnr.wi.gov and search “waterfowl.”

Make sure wild rice is ripe before harvesting Minnesota’s wild rice harvesting season opened Friday and runs through Sept. 30. Despite the season dates, harvesters must first ensure the rice is ripe before launching their canoes, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota’s green rice law does not allow the harvesting of unripe rice, and the late spring means some rice stands may be slow to mature.

Rice is ripening similarly to last year, DNR officials say. Peak harvesting dates are estimated to be in early to mid-September as long as the weather remains mild.

Some beds that held rice last year may have no harvestable rice this fall, said Dave Kanz, DNR area wildlife manager at Aitkin. Scouting will be particularly important this year.

For more information and ricing regulations, go to mndnr.gov/wildlife/shallow lakes/wildrice.html.

Crew will look for lampreys A crew from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be surveying the St. Louis and Nemadji rivers from Aug. 26 to Sept. 4 to estimate the abundance of sea lampreys. The information gathered will be used to determine the need for sea lamprey control. Sea lamprey larvae live in some streams that are tributaries of the Great Lakes.

Hunter walking trails being readied Hundreds of miles of hunter walking trails will be mowed throughout Northeastern Minnesota before the Sept. 13 grouse season opener, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota offers 683 miles of hunter walking trails, including 405 miles in Northeastern Minnesota. For more information on the trails, go to mndnr.gov/hunting/hwt/ index.html or contact a DNR wildlife office.

Crossbows allowed for Wisconsin deer hunt Crossbows will be allowed for deer hunting in Wisconsin this fall, after approval by the state’s Natural Resources Board on Wednesday. A crossbow deer hunting license is available for any qualified hunter to purchase.

Previously, only holders of permits for hunters with disabilities and hunters age 65 or older could use a crossbow under the authority of an archery license. The crossbow deer hunting season will run concurrent with the archery season. For more information, go to dnr.wi.gov.

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