Early Antlerless Youth Deer Season

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Any hunter, age 12 to 14, who has their firearms safety certificate and a Minnesota Firearms Deer License, is eligible to participate in the northwestern Minnesota special youth antlerless deer season Oct. 22 and 23. The hunt will be held in Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Pennington and Roseau counties.

There is no application or lottery for the season. Participating youth must get a northwestern Minnesota youth season license endorsement at a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) electronic license agent. The license endorsement is license type 632, and there is no fee. Participating youth must have the endorsement with their firearms deer license when hunting. The DNR requires this endorsement so that they can estimate the number of participants each year.

Participating youth must be accompanied a parent, guardian, or another adult who is authorized by a parent or guardian to take the child hunting. The adult may not shoot or carry a firearm during the hunt, and has to remain with the child at all times while hunting.

While the area of the hunt is located in Zones 1 and 2, youth with any 2005 Minnesota Firearms License may participate, including youth with Zone 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B and multiple zone licenses. Harvested deer must be tagged by the individual who took them, since party-hunting is not allowed during this special season. Only one antlerless deer may be taken per hunter during this season. A bonus permit may be used, and is recommended so the youth’s regular firearms license is still available during the regular firearms deer season.

A youth who participates in the special youth season may still participate in the regular firearms deer season, however any tag used during the special season counts against their annual bag limit.

The Minnesota Quality Deer Management organization has created a bulletin board for finding private landowners willing to allow access to their property during the hunt. Go to http://www.mnqdm.com/forum for more information.

The northwestern Minnesota special youth antlerless season was created in 2004 by the State legislature. In 2004, approximately 600 youth harvested more than 100 antlerless deer.