Deer lottery application deadline is Sept. 6

Minnesota firearms and muzzleloader hunters wishing to harvest antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as lottery this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their license by Thursday, Sept. 6.
Hunters purchasing their license before this date are automatically entered into the lottery for the deer permit area or special hunt area they declare.
This season, antlerless deer permits are issued by lottery in 39 of Minnesota’s 130 deer permit areas. No application is needed to take antlerless deer in permit areas with hunter choice, managed or intensive designations.
Hunters, who want to participate in special firearm or muzzleloader deer hunts, also need to apply for permits that are issued through a lottery, and that application deadline is also Sept. 6.
More information about designations and regulations for deer permit areas, as well as details about special hunt opportunities, is available on the DNR website at and in the 2018 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

Mandatory testing set during bow deer season in southeast disease management zone

When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 15, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses will again be in place in southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone, deer permit area 603.
“Hunters in the CWD zone are encouraged to plan ahead so they know where to have a deer tested and what to do about processing that deer so they follow restrictions on moving a deer carcass out of the zone,” said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  
Archery hunters in deer permit area 603 are required to submit the head from all adult deer one-year old or older so lymph nodes can be tested for CWD. Hunters cannot remove the carcass or carcass remains outside the CWD zone until a test result is reported as not detected. Hunters can check their test results online at by entering their nine-digit MDNR number into the search box.
Carcass movement restrictions allow hunters to immediately transport quarters or other meat without the head or spinal column parts; boned-out or cut and wrapped meat; and antlers with a skull plate that is free of brain matter. Hunters should check page 64 of the 2018 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook for additional information on carcass restrictions.
Archery deer hunters should check the deer permit area boundary map on the DNR website at
“We remind hunters that the CWD management zone was created within permit areas 347 and 348, so hunters need to know what area they’re hunting,” Cornicelli said.    
Hunters are required to register their deer. The DNR will allow phone, internet and walk-in registration during the archery season in the CWD zone. The system will be monitored for compliance and may be turned off if needed.
Mandatory testing and carcass movement restrictions will remain in effect for area 603 throughout deer seasons for archery, firearm, muzzleloader and any late-season hunts.
Hunters who take a deer they intend to mount should make arrangements with a taxidermist to cape the deer in the CWD zone or look online for videos on how to cape the deer. Alternatively, they can contact M&M Taxidermy in Chatfield at 507-696-8588.

Head collection boxes will be located in:
* Chatfield: Magnum Sports, 1 1st St., 507-867-4399.
* Preston: DNR area forestry office, 912 Houston St., 507-765-2740.
* Lanesboro: DNR area fisheries office, 23789 Grosbeak Road, 507-467-2442.
* Wykoff: Goodies and Gas, 104 E Front St., 507-352-2421.
* Harmony: Oak Meadow Meats, 50 9th St., 507-886-6328.

Archery hunters should do the following:
* Field dress (gut) deer as normal.
* Register deer via phone, internet or a walk-in big game registration station within the DPA. If harvest occurs late in the day, head submission and registration can occur the next day.
* Remove the head, leaving at least 4 inches of neck attached.
* Bring the entire deer head to one of five head box collection sites. Each collection box has specific instructions on how to properly submit the head for sampling.
* Put heads in the plastic bags provided. Use the maps provided at each box to mark an “X” where the deer was harvested and include the hunters name and phone number. Submit this map with sample.
* Hunters can take meat out of the zone immediately. However, carcass remains cannot be moved outside deer permit area 603 until a not detected test result is received.

Hunters should:
* Have a plan in place to get the deer processed while waiting for test results.
* Cut deer into quarters or other pieces, or bone-out the meat and ensure no spinal column or brain matter is included with the meat or on the antlers.
* Properly dispose of carcass remains. There will be a dumpster at the DNR forestry office in Preston for hunters who don’t have a way to dispose of remains. The Preston dumpster is being provided as a courtesy for deer carcass disposal only. It will be removed if people attempt to process deer there or use the dumpster for trash disposal.
Deer taken during the archery season will be submitted for testing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It may take up to four business days for test results to be available. The CWD test results can be searched using a nine-digit MDNR number online at
Deer hunters should regularly check the DNR’s CWD website at for the most recent information.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

Share duck hunting experience on Youth Waterfowl Day

Youth, ages 15 and younger, can go waterfowl hunting Saturday, Sept. 8, on Youth Waterfowl Day, when accompanied by an adult who is not hunting, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
“This hunt is a fantastic way for parents and guardians to introduce youth to waterfowl hunting in Minnesota, where we have these outdoor opportunities available all across the state,” said James Burnham, DNR hunter and angler recruitment, retention and reactivation coordinator.
During Youth Waterfowl Day, hunters ages 15 and younger may take regular season bag limits of ducks and five Canada geese statewide, when accompanied by an adult 18 or older who is not hunting. The accompanying adult does not need a license.
Hunters, ages 13 to 15, must have a firearms safety certificate or apprentice hunter validation in their possession. Ducks, Canada geese, mergansers, coots and moorhens may be taken from a half-hour before sunrise to 4 p.m. Motorized decoys may not be used. All other migratory bird hunting regulations apply.
“Overall, public support for having Youth Waterfowl Day is the highest it’s ever been, looking back at DNR hunter surveys from last year,” Burnham said.
Out of 1,611 hunters surveyed across the state last year, 73 percent of respondents supported the youth hunting day with 46 percent strongly supporting it. In contrast, 17 percent opposed the hunt, with 10 percent strongly opposing it.
Parents or guardians with limited equipment and knowledge about waterfowl hunting are encouraged to contact their local outdoor sports clubs for resources and potential local hunting opportunities. Anyone interested in additional hunting resources can contact James Burnham at 651-259-5191 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
More information on waterfowl hunting can be found on the DNR website at

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

Hunters asked not to shoot ear-tagged and radio-collared research bears

With the bear hunting season set to begin Saturday, Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that hunters avoid shooting research bears marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags and have radio-collars.
Researchers with the DNR are monitoring about 30 radio-collared black bears across the state, especially in zones 27, 25 and 45, and in parts of the no-quota zone. Most of them are in or near the Chippewa National Forest between Grand Rapids and Bigfork. Others are farther north, near Orr or Voyageurs National Park. Some collared bears are also around Camp Ripley, and in northwestern Minnesota, especially near Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area and Plummer.
“We ask hunters to avoid shooting these valuable research bears. They continue to provide much of the data we use in bear management,” said Dave Garshelis, DNR bear research scientist.
A key to the research is looking at year-to-year changes in natural food supplies and how that affects individual bears. Natural food supply influences bear habitat use, weight gain, the location and date it dens and comes out of the den, reproduction, and interactions with people. This research is not designed to evaluate mortality from hunting. Trapping new bears every year to replace the ones killed cannot substitute for long-term data on individuals.
Most of the collars have global positioning units. The GPS coordinates are either uploaded to a satellite, or stored in the collar and downloaded by DNR researchers when they visit the bears in their dens. Each bear provides several thousand data points per year.
The bear’s coat often hides the collar, especially in the fall. And most of the collars are black. But all collared bears have large 3-by-2 inch colorful ear tags. So, hunters can simply identify a collared animal by these large tags, whether or not they see a collar. The tags should be plainly visible when a bear is at a bait, or on trail cam photos.
Photos of collared research bears and some research findings gained from them are available on the DNR website at
DNR officials recognize that a hunter may not be able to see a radio collar or ear tags in some situations. For this reason, taking a bear with a radio collar is legal. However, waiting a few minutes to get a clear view of the bear’s head would reveal whether it has large ear tags, which indicates that it is collared. Bears with small ear tags (1 by 1/4-inch) are not collared and not part of the research effort.
Any hunters who do shoot a collared bear should bring the collar to a bear registration station. Also, most collared bears have a small implanted heart monitor under the skin on the left chest. This contains valuable information stored in memory. If hunters find this device while skinning the bear, they are asked to leave it with the collar.
Hunters are asked to call the DNR Wildlife Research Office in Grand Rapids at 218-328-8874 or 218-328-8879 to report shooting a collared bear. Those with trail-cam photos of ear-tagged bears are asked to email them to mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include a location.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

Bonus fall turkey harvest authorizations begins Aug. 18

MADISON, WI - New for 2018, one fall turkey harvest authorization is issued to each person purchasing a fall turkey license or conservation patron license, instead of being issued through a drawing.
Hunters can choose the zone for which their harvest authorization will be valid at the time of purchase.
Bonus fall turkey harvest authorizations can be purchased in addition to the fall turkey harvest authorization included with a license purchase. The bonus harvest authorization sale begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, availability is as follows:
* Zone 1: 5,000.
* Zone 2: 1,000.
* Zone 3: 5,000.
* Zone 4: 2,000.
* Zone 5: 0.
* Zone 6: 0.
* Zone 7: 0.
Bonus harvest authorizations are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They can be purchased at a rate of one per day until the zone sells out or the season ends. The cost is $10 for residents, $15 for nonresidents, and $5 for hunters under 12 years old. An annual turkey stamp authorization is required to hunt turkeys.
Hunters can purchase their bonus harvest authorization in person at any license agent or online at Hunters can purchase their fall turkey license and claim their fall harvest authorization anytime throughout the fall turkey season. Please note that customers who wish to purchase a bonus authorization will need to first purchase a fall turkey license and claim their harvest authorization.
The fall 2018 wild turkey season for Zones 1-5 is Sept. 15, to Jan. 6, 2019. For zones 6 and 7, the season runs from Sept. 15, to Nov. 16.
Availability for bonus harvest authorizations is determined by a variety of factors, including hunting pressure, customer demand, habitat availability, turkey population densities and turkey distribution in each zone.
The fall turkey regulations can be found within the 2018 Wisconsin Small Game Hunting Regulations [PDF]. For more information regarding turkey hunting in Wisconsin, visit and search "turkey."

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

Minnesota DNR invites public to attend deer open houses

Anyone interested in deer can talk with area wildlife managers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at meetings scheduled across the state.
The meetings are meant to encourage discussions about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication.  
These area-level engagement meetings organized by the DNR are one of the first steps identified for implementing the state’s new White-tailed Deer Management Plan.
”The format of the meetings will be similar to the ones held in April, when our draft plan was released,” said Erik Thorson, DNR acting big game program leader. “The focus this time will be on the upcoming deer season, progress in meeting population goals, local DNR management efforts and listening to citizen suggestions on improving deer management.”
These local open-house style meetings will provide hunters and others interested in deer a forum for sharing their observations, talking to DNR wildlife managers, reviewing new deer-related information – including the final deer plan – and discussing options for the future. No formal presentations have been planned, so people can arrive any time during the scheduled meeting times.
The DNR encourages anyone who can’t attend a scheduled meeting to contact a local wildlife manager for additional information or to address any questions about deer management. A list of area wildlife offices is available online at
More information about the state’s deer management plan is available at

Meeting details
* Aitkin: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, Aitkin Area Office, 1200 Minnesota Ave.
* Altura: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, Whitewater Wildlife Management Area Headquarters, 15035 Highway 74.
* Baudette: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, Baudette High School AV Room, 236 15th Ave. SW.
* Bemidji: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, Bemidji City Hall, 317 4th St. NW.
* Brainerd: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, Brainerd area DNR Office, 1601 Minnesota Drive.
* Cambridge: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, Cambridge area DNR Office, 800 Oak Savanna Lane SW.
* Cloquet: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, Cloquet Area DNR Office, 1604 Highway 33 S.
* Detroit Lakes: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, Detroit Lakes Area DNR Office Conference Room, 14583 County Highway 19.
* Fergus Falls: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, Fergus Falls Office DNR Conference Room, 1509 1st Ave. N.
* Forest Lake: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, Carlos Avery WMA Headquarters, 5463 W. Broadway Ave.
* Glenwood: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, Glenwood DNR Office Conference Room, 23070 N. Lakeshore Drive.
* Grand Rapids: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, Grand Rapids Regional DNR Office, 1201 East Highway 2.
* International Falls: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, International Falls Area DNR Office, 392 East Highway 11.
* Lake Bronson: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, Lake Bronson State Park Visitor’s Center, 3793 230th St.
* Little Falls: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, Little Falls Area DNR Office, 16543 Haven Road.
* McIntosh: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, McIntosh Community Center, 240 Cleveland Ave. SW.
* Middle River: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, Thief Lake Area DNR Office, 42280 240th Ave. NE.
* Minneota: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, Southwest Sportsmen’s Club, 3467 State Highway 68.
* New London: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, DNR Wildlife Office (Sibley State Park), 398 Sibley Park Road.
* Onamia: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, Mille Lacs WMA Headquarters, 29172 100th Ave.
* Park Rapids: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, Park Rapids Area Library, 210 W. 1st St.
* Rochester: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, Willow Creek Middle School Cafeteria, 615 7th St. SW.
* Roseau: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, Roseau County Courthouse, 606 5th Ave. SW.
* Rosemount: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, Vermillion WMA Office, 15325 Babcock Ave.
* Sauk Rapids: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, Sauk Rapids Area DNR Office, 1035 S. Benton Drive.
* Shakopee: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, Shakopee Area DNR Office, 7050 East Highway 101.
* Slayton: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, Slayton Pizza Ranch, 2306 Broadway Ave.
* St. Paul: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road.
* Thief River Falls: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, TRF Joint Operations Conference Room, 246 125th Ave. NE.
* Tower: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, Tower Area DNR Office, 650 Highway 169.
* Two Harbors: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, Two Harbors Area DNR Office, 1568 Highway 2.
* Warroad: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, Warroad DNR Forestry meeting room, 804 Cherne Drive NE.
* Waterville: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, Waterville Fish Hatchery, 50317 Fish Hatchery Road.
* Watson: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, Appleton/Lac qui Parle DNR Headquarters, 14047 20th St. NW.
* Windom: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, Windom Community Center, 1750 Cottonwood Lake Drive.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

Apply by Aug. 17 for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 17, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls.
Apply online at, by phone at 888-665-4236 or in person wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons: Oct. 18-19 (Thur.-Fri., code 668) or Oct. 27-28 (Sat.-Sun., code 669). A total of 4,000 permits, with 2,000 per two-day hunt, will be made available. The bag limit for this year’s hunt is two, and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer.
The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources coordinates the hunt in collaboration with the Department of Military Affairs and the Central Lakes College Natural Resources Department. Visit to find additional rules and instructions for this year’s hunt.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR