Field reports: Leftover Minnesota turkey licenses go on sale Sept. 13

Minnesota fall wild turkey hunting licenses that remain after the lottery drawings will be available at noon Sept. 13 from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources license agents and online at

Minnesota fall wild turkey hunting licenses that remain after the lottery drawings will be available at noon Sept. 13 from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources license agents and online at

buyalicense, according to a DNR news release.

Leftover permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Until noon on Sept. 20, hunters who were not chosen in the fall turkey permit lottery can purchase a surplus license. After noon on Sept. 20, people who did not apply in the lottery can purchase a license.

Because hunting access in many zones is limited, hunters should obtain landowner permission before purchasing a leftover permit. For 2010, the fall hunt has been changed to a single 30-day season running from Oct. 2-31.


Hunters can check the availability of leftover licenses or the status of their lottery applications on the DNR website at mndnr.


Deer hunt lottery deadline is Thursday

If you're hunting deer in one of Minnesota's lottery deer permit areas and you want a chance at an either-sex deer permit, remember to apply by Thursday. Many deer permit areas across Northeastern Minnesota are lottery units. Apply at any license agent; online at

buyalicense; or by calling (888) 665-4236.

More will take part in Duluth deer hunt

A record total of 339 hunters are registered for Duluth's sixth annual bowhunt for deer. The hunt begins Sept. 18, concurrent with the state's regular archery deer season, and continues through Dec. 31.

Last year, 316 hunters took part in the hunt, and in 2007 315 hunters participated.


The hunt will be conducted as in years past, with hunters assigned to 20 designated hunting units across town, mostly on public land. Some will hunt on private land with permission from landowners.

As in past years, hunters must take at least one antlerless deer before shooting a buck. Each hunter may take up to five deer.

Last fall, hunters took a record 586 deer, 84 percent of them antlerless.

For more information on the hunt, go to www.

Hawk Weekend coming up

Hawk Weekend, an annual celebration of the raptor migration over Duluth's Hawk Ridge, will be Sept. 17-19. Activies include hawk watching, birding field trips, evening speakers, interpretive programs, banded hawk and songbird demonstrations and more.

The event is an excellent way to learn about hawks because naturalists will be on hand to share raptor information at Hawk Ridge through the use of live, banded hawks.


All activities at the Hawk Ridge main overlook, one mile east of Glenwood Street on Skyline Parkway, are open to the public. Some activities require registration. For more information, call (218) 428-6209 or e-mail . Or go to .

Going for extra credit

Thomas Wahlstrom, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer at Tofte, focused his enforcement action in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this past week, along with other area officers.

"Many groups were checked, with a wide array of equipment," Wahlstrom wrote in his weekly report. "The most interesting piece of gear that was lugged across a portage was a large rock with a rope tied to it for an anchor to be used later in the trip."

Apply now for mentored pheasant hunt

The third annual Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Pheasants Forever Mentor Pheasant Hunt will be held Oct. 23 throughout Minnesota. This year, the event will be open to youth ages 12-17 and to women. Deadline for applications is Wednesday. Applications are available at (search "mentor pheasant hunt") or by contacting the DNR Information Center at (888) 646-6367. Successful applicants will be notified via mail or e-mail by Sept. 25.

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