Minnesota Hunting News

Bear Harvest for 2004
The bear harvest in Northeastern Minnesota was better than the 10-year average, but well below the high harvests of 1995 and 2001. Hunter success depends a great deal on food supplies. With good natural food supplies, hunters have more difficulty attracting bears to bait.
Archers Harvest a Record 484 Deer
Hunters enjoyed another successful hunt this past weekend and set a record harvest at Camp Ripley Military Reservation near Little Falls. Archers harvested 200 deer during the hunt, and took five bucks weighing 200 pounds or more. There were 284 deer taken during the previous hunt, for a record of 484 deer harvested in 2004.
Wild Turkey Hunting Permits Increase
More hunters than ever will be able to pursue Minnesota's wild turkeys this year, as an additional 4,300 permits will be available in the lottery for 2005 spring turkey season. The decision to increase permits, which is supported by the National Wild Turkey Federation, was based on current hunter densities, hunter satisfaction and the amount of turkey habitat available.
Great River Bluffs State Park Deer Hunt
An over-abundance of deer at Great River Bluffs State Park in Winona and a low number of requests for special hunt permits for the park has prompted the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to extend the availability of special hunt permits to any hunters who have a valid 3B season license.
Special Deer Hunts to be Held in 27 State Parks
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued a reminder that special hunts will take place this fall in 27 state parks for those persons selected in the special hunt drawing. While most of the parks will remain open to the public during the hunts, for public safety reasons, a number of parks will have some use restrictions
Northeastern Moose Harvest Up
The 2004 moose-hunting season in northeastern Minnesota ended on Sunday, Oct. 17, with 246 hunting parties harvesting 149 moose. That compares with 224 parties harvesting 143 moose in 2003.
Early Youth Antlerless Deer Season
Minnesota’s first-ever youth antlerless deer season will be held Oct. 23 - 24 in Kittson, Roseau, Lake of the Woods, Marshall and Pennington counties. The state Legislature created the special deer season during the 2004 session. The law opens the five counties to antlerless deer hunting on the Saturday and Sunday coinciding with the annual school break for the state teachers’ union convention.
Hunting Stand Rules Have Changed on Consolidated Conservation Lands
As the archery deer season opens throughout the state, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants to remind all deer hunters that new rules are in effect this season on Consolidated Conservation Lands (or Con-Con Lands) in Beltrami, Marshall, and Roseau counties.
Bear Harvest Difficult to Predict
Even though the state’s bear population has been stable since 1997, the harvest has fluctuated from a high of 4,936 in 2001 low of 1,915 the following year, due in large part to varying food availability. So, what can bear hunters expect this year? Hard to say, although most DNR wildlife managers predict at least an average harvest.
Fall Wild Turkey Leftover Licenses
Applicants who were unsuccessful in the 2004 fall wild turkey lottery may apply for leftover licenses. Wild turkey hunting licenses that remain after the landowner and regular lottery drawings are being offered to unsuccessful applicants at Electronic Licensing System (ELS) agency beginning at noon on Monday, Sept. 13.