Minnesota Deer Hunters Encouraged to Buy License Early

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With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any system issues associated with the high sales volume.

Minnesota’s 2011 firearms deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 5.

Deer licenses can be purchased for $27 at DNR license agents across Minnesota, by phone at 888-665-4236 or online. There are additional fees for telephone and Internet transactions, which individuals should check prior to buying their license. Hunters who purchase licenses by phone and Internet will receive their deer tags by mail, which can take five to 10 business days to arrive.

The Information Center and License Center at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul, will work extended hours on opening weekend to handle additional phone calls from deer hunters. Phone lines will be open on Friday, Nov. 4, until 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon.

License questions should be directed to the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free at 888-646-6367.


Retired2hunt's picture

  It pays for a state to


It pays for a state to communicate well the information needed for hunters to purchase their licenses - more revenue and smart of the state.

Good luck to all of you hunters!


numbnutz's picture

Good information here. It's

Good information here. It's always best to buy your stuff early. Out here we had a new vender who handled the sales system for all the retailers and even the ODFW's offices. The first year it crashed the night before the deadline beacuse there where to many people trying to access it at one time. It was a nightmare. I waited in line for 6 hours trying to buy my tags. Now I put in for my draws in Janruary because I know what and where I'm applying for and then Buy my tags as soon as they available to buy. this saves me the hassles and headaches of long line or system crashes. Since that major system crash there hasn't been anything like that again we will have the occasional slow down but thats it. Good luck to all of you