Application Deadline Approaching for Special Youth Deer Hunts

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Bowhunters ages 12 to 17 and firearms deer hunters ages 12 to 15 are reminded the Aug. 19 deadline for applying for most of the 2005 special youth hunts is fast approaching. The DNR began accepting applications July 1.

The archery hunts will be as follows:

- Oct. 8-9, Camp Ripley, 150 permits

- Oct. 8-9, Lake Alexander TNC Preserve in Morrison County, 20 permits

- Oct. 20-21, Arden Hills Army Training Site A

- Oct. 22-23, Arden Hills Army Training Site B.

The firearms hunts will be as follows:

- Oct. 20-23, Whitewater WMA Sanctuary, 50 permits (participants may hunt by archery or firearms)

- Oct. 22-23, Lake Bemidji State Park, 25 antlerless only permits

- Oct. 22-23, Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, 20 permits

- Oct. 29-30, St. Croix State Park, 100 permits.

Applications for these hunts can be made at any Electronic License System vendor or at the DNR License Center in St. Paul.

Applicants should tell the clerk they want to apply for a special youth archery hunt, license type 630, or a special youth firearms hunt, license type 631. A list of the specific hunt area numbers can be found on page 41 of the 2005 Hunting Regulations Handbook. Eligible hunters may apply for only one youth archery hunt and one youth firearms hunt. There is no cost to apply.

An additional firearms youth hunt has been added at William O'Brien State Park in Washington County for Oct. 15-16. This antlerless only hunt corresponds with the Early Antlerless Season that will be taking place in the area at that time. Youth ages 12 to 15 must fill out a paper application available at the park or on the DNR Web site, and mail the application to the park by Sept. 1.

All participants in special youth hunts must have their firearms safety certificate, a valid Minnesota deer license, and be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian during the hunt. There is a mandatory orientation session prior to each hunt.

The special youth hunts are sponsored by several Minnesota conservation organizations including The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Minnesota State Archery Association, Bluffland Whitetails Association, Friends of Rydell Refuge and The Nature Conservancy.