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Minnesota deer season 2021: Know the rules on tagging, registering

Tagging and registration violations are among the most common reasons for citations.

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A whitetail buck bedded down. The 2021 Minnesota firearms deer season starts Nov. 6 and the DNR reminds hunters to properly tag and register their deer. John Myers / 2020 file / Duluth News Tribune

Regis ter your deer online, by phone or in person

How to tag your deer

  • Your deer license and site tag comes as a two-part form. The upper half is the site tag for tagging the deer in the field . The lower half is the deer license and registration slip. Hunters must do the following:
  • Detach the site tag from the deer license/registration slip.
  • Before moving the deer, the hunter whose name is on the license validates the tag by using a knife or similar sharp object to cut out the notches indicating the month, date and time of day the deer was killed.
  • Be careful: If more than one month, date or time is cut out or marked, the tag becomes invalid.

More rules

  • Hunters may not take deer with the aid or use of bait. Any deer food must be reoved before the season starts.
  • Ensure you are using legal equipment for taking big game. Rifles must be at least .20 caliber or larger and ammunition must have a soft or expanding tip with single projectile (no buckshot).
  • Antlerless deer are considered any deer without an antler at least 3 inches long.

Blaze orange or pink required

All hunters and trappers in the field during an open firearms deer season must display blaze orange or blaze pink on the visible portion of the person's cap and outer clothing above the waist, excluding sleeves and gloves. Blaze-orange or blaze-pink camouflage patterns are allowed, but must be at least 50% blaze orange or pink within each square foot.

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