Apply Now for Special Minnesota Youth Deer Hunts

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Hunters who wish to participate in a special youth deer hunt this fall may apply now wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, or at the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Aug. 18. Successful applicants will be notified in early September.

There is no fee to apply, although successful applicants must purchase the appropriate deer hunting license prior to their hunt. The youth individual firearms and youth individual archery license, which cost only $14, are available to residents age 12 to 17.

There will be four archery and five firearms special youth hunts in October. Eligible youth may apply for one archery hunt and one firearms hunt. Youths ages 12 to 15 are eligible for the firearms hunts, and youths age 12 to 17 are eligible for the archery hunts. Youths who applied unsuccessfully in the past will have preference. There is a mandatory orientation session for each hunt. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or an adult authorized by the parent. All youth hunters must possess a valid Firearms Safety Certificate. Archery hunts will be held at Camp Ripley, Oct. 6-8, 150 permits; Lake Alexander TNC Preserve in Morrison County, Oct. 6-8, 20 permits; Arden Hills Army Training Site A, Oct. 19-20; Arden Hills Army Training Site B, Oct. 21-22.

Firearms hunts will be held at Whitewater Wildlife Management Area Refuge, Oct. 19-22, 50 permits (participants may hunt by archery or firearms); Lake Bemidji State Park, Oct. 21-22, 25 antlerless permits; St. Croix State Park, Oct. 28-29, 100 permits; Savanna Portage State Park, Oct. 28-29, 15 permits; Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, Oct. 21-22, 20 permits.

All of the hunts have a bag limit of one deer of either sex, with the exception of Lake Bemidji State Park, which has a bag limit of five antlerless deer. There is no party hunting, so youths must tag their own deer. However, they may purchase and use bonus permits for antlerless deer. Deer harvested during the special youth hunt count against the yearly state bag limit of five deer.

For more information about the 2006 Minnesota special youth deer hunts, visit the DNR Web site at