Outdoors blog: Mentored youth deer hunts offered in MN
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota offers youth deer hunts
Minnesota offers two different ways for youth to do mentored deer hunts this fall. The first is a series of archery or firearms hunts at selected state parks. The second is a mentored hunt from Oct. 21-24 in permits areas in the northwest and southeast. Here's the breakdown:
- Minnesota youth have until Aug. 20 to apply for 15 mentored deer hunts in October, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Youth ages 12-15 may apply for one of 11 special firearms youth deer hunts at selected state parks and refuges. Youth ages 12-17 may apply for special archery youth deer hunts. A limited number of either-sex permits are available for the following hunts:
Camp Ripley Archery Hunt (open to youth 12-17), Morrison County, Oct. 8-10, 150 permits; Lake Alexander Preserve, Morrison County, Oct. 8-10, 20 permits; Arden Hills Site A, Ramsey County, Oct. 21-22, 30 permits; Arden Hills Site B, Ramsey County, Oct. 23-24, 30 permits.
Lake Bemidji State Park, Beltrami County, Oct. 16-17, 20 permits
St. Croix State Park, Pine County, Oct. 30-31, 90 permits
Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, Polk Count, Oct. 23-24, 20 permits
Savanna Portage State Park, Aitkin County, Oct. 30-31, 20 permits
Buffalo River State Park Hunt A, Clay County, Oct. 23-24, 10 permits
Buffalo River State Park Hunt B, Clay County, Oct. 310-31, 10 permits
Tettegouche State Park, Lake County, Oct. 16-17, 10 permits
Itasca State Park, Clearwater County, Oct. 16-17, 75 permits
Banning State Park, Pine County, Oct. 30-31, six permits
Father Hennepin State Park Hunt A, Mille Lacs County, Oct. 30-31, three permits
Father Hennepin State Park Hunt B, Mille Lacs County, Dec. 4-5, three permits
Youth must apply for the hunt of his or her choice, which can be done at any DNR license agent; the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, in St. Paul or online at www.dnr.state.mn.us.
- Minnesota’s youth deer season set
Youth ages 10 to 15 are eligible to participate in a special deer season that runs from Oct. 21 to 24 in several permit areas in northwestern and southeastern Minnesota.
Deer permit areas open to the hunt are 101, 105, 111, 114, 201, 203, 208, 209, 256, 257, 260, 263, 264, 267, 268, 338, 339, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349 and 601.
Youth must meet all firearms safety requirements and purchase a license. Youth may take a deer of either sex. An adult mentor must accompany the youth but may not hunt or carry a firearm.
For more information, go to www.dnr.state.mn.us.