2003 Camp Ripley Archery Hunt Deadline Approaching

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Hunters interested in the 2003 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls are reminded that this year’s Aug. 15 application deadline is fast approaching. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began accepting applications for the hunts July 1.

This year’s hunts are scheduled for Oct. 16-17, and Oct. 25-26. Hunters can only choose one of these time periods on their application. A total of 4,500 permits (2,250 per two-day hunt) will be offered. Fewer than 2,000 hunters have applied for this year’s hunt so far.

All applicants must apply via the Department’s computerized Electronic Licensing System (ELS) at one of 1,800 Point of Sale (POS) agents located across Minnesota, by ELS telephone (1-888-665-4236), or through DNR’s Internet licensing link at www.dnr.state.mn.us. The application fee for the hunt is $8 per applicant. Those who apply by phone or Internet will be charged an additional convenience fee of $3.50 per transaction. There is no longer a mail-in application form.

To apply, Minnesota resident hunters must have one of the following: a valid Minnesota driver’s license; state of Minnesota ID card (issued by the Department of Public Safety), or a firearms safety certificate number or MDNR# found on your current hunting or fishing license. Non-residents must supply their state driver’s license or I. D. or MDNR# if they purchased a 2000-2003 hunting or fishing license. It is important that the ID card reflect your current mailing address; this is where your winning notification will be sent if you are successful in the computer preference drawing. Applicants must be 12 years of age prior to Oct. 16, 2003, and have a hunter safety certificate. In addition, anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, must have a firearms safety certificate, a previous hunting license, or other evidence of successfully completing a hunter safety course to obtain a license to hunt or trap in Minnesota.

Hunters may apply as individuals or as a group of up to four individuals. When applying as a group, all valid group members will receive a permit. All group members (maximum of four people) must apply for the same Camp Ripley hunt time period. The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt with the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000 acre military reservation.