Minnesota Hunting News

Special Youth Hunts Provide Numerous Opportunities for the Inexperienced
According to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials, a booming deer herd and a strong commitment to the future of hunting, have led to the expansion of special youth deer hunting opportunities this fall. Seven special youth deer hunts and one special youth deer season will be held in October at locations throughout the state.
Hunting and Trapping Seasons Announced
"We've been listening to hunters and responding to their concerns," Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Gene Merriam said. "Hunters will also find this year that we improved the deer permitting process and provided more deer hunting opportunities for youth."
Deadline Approaching for Prairie Chicken & Fall Turkey Hunts
Hunters seeking to apply for the 2004 Minnesota prairie chicken season or the fall turkey hunt are reminded that they need to do so by July 30 at any one of 1,800 Electronic Licensing System (ELS) vendor locations statewide.
Critical Habitat License Plate sales top $10 million
Conservation-minded motorists have "driven" proceeds from the sale of Critical Habitat License Plates over the $10 million mark. More than 100,000 loon and deer license plates are traveling Minnesota's roads and highways. Proceeds from the $30 annual contribution are helping protect and manage habitat across the state.
DNR Proposes Disabled Veterans Turkey Hunt
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking comments on a proposed special turkey hunt for disabled veterans at Camp Ripley next spring. The hunt, which would be the first turkey hunt authorized at Camp Ripley, would be held May 3-4. It is designed after the successful disabled deer hunts held annually at the military installation.
Apply Now for Fall Turkey Hunts
Applications for this year's fall turkey hunt are being accepted at Electronic Licensing System vendors across Minnesota. Fall turkey hunters may apply for one of 4,380 permits to hunt in one of 24 permit areas from Oct. 13-17 or Oct. 20-24. This is a 13 percent increase in available permits compared with 2003.
Funding Available for Wildlife Projects
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is making $589,000 available to local conservation organizations interested in working on wildlife habitat improvement projects on wildlife management areas throughout the state.
DNR to Participate in National ATV Impact Study
Beginning June 17, field research will begin at two Minnesota sites to determine exactly how all-terrain vehicles (ATV) disturb uncompacted forest soils, the erosion implications of this disturbance, and how soil erosion risks might be predicted based upon ATV traffic levels, soil types, climate and rainfall.
Moose Calf Survey Completed
Moose calves were counted in Lake and Cook counties as part of an ongoing cooperative moose research project in northeastern Minnesota. Biologists from Fond du Lac Band, 1854 Authority, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the U.S. Geological Survey cooperated on the aerial calf survey that was flown May 24 and 25.
Elk Hunt in 2004
For the first time since 1998, Minnesota will offer an opportunity for big game hunters to harvest elk this fall. Five elk permits will be offered through a lottery drawing in the primary elk hunt zone around Grygla.