Deadline Approaching for Camp Ripley Archery Hunts

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Hunters interested in the 2002 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls are reminded that this year's Aug. 16 application deadline is fast approaching. Those who applied for a permit in 2001 have been mailed a notice about this year's hunts, which are scheduled for Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 26-27. Hunters can choose only one of these time periods on their application. A total of 4,500 permits (2,250 per two-day hunt) will be offered.

All applicants must apply via the DNR's computerized Electronic Licensing System (ELS) at one of 1,800 agents located across Minnesota, by ELS telephone (1-888-665-4236), or through DNR's Internet licensing link at www.dnr.state.mn.us. An application fee of $6 per person is required. This nonrefundable fee must be paid at the time of application. Those who apply by phone or Internet will also be charged a convenience fee of $3.50 per transaction. Mail-in application forms will not be accepted.

To apply, Minnesota resident hunters must have one of the following: a valid Minnesota driver's license or state of Minnesota identification card (issued by the Department of Public Safety); a firearms safety certificate number; or Minnesota DNR number found on a current hunting or fishing license. Nonresidents must supply their state driver's license or identification card or the Minnesota DNR number if they purchased a 2000, 2001 or 2002 hunting or fishing license. The identification card must reflect the applicant's current mailing address.

Applicants must be 12 years of age prior to Oct. 17, 2002, and have a hunter safety certificate. Anyone born on or after Dec. 31, 1979, must possess a firearms safety certificate, a previous hunting license, or other evidence of successfully completing a hunter safety course in order to obtain a license to hunt or trap in Minnesota.

Applicants will be asked a series of questions when applying for the permit. The DNR suggests preparing for these questions by completing a worksheet prior to making an application. Hunt application worksheets are available on the DNR's Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us, from the DNR License Bureau, or from an ELS point-of-sale agent. 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 must apply for the same Camp Ripley hunt time period.

The DNR coordinates the annual Camp Ripley archery deer hunt with the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000 acre military reservation.