Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Successful applicants for both lottery deer areas and special hunts are being notified this week via postcard, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Hunters can visit mndnr.gov/hunting/deer to check the results. Hunters who were unsuccessful in the lottery will be awarded a preference point for next year. For 2008, leftover either-sex permits will be available on a first come, first served basis at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13. Either-sex permits are available statewide at all 1,800 Electronic License System (ELS) agents. To obtain a permit, a hunter must have a valid firearm or muzzleloader license or purchase one at the time. There is no additional cost for the permit. An individual can have only one permit, which is valid for that area only. The permit allows a hunter to take one antlerless deer in that deer area only. As illustrated in the 2008 hunting regulations handbook, the bag limit for lottery deer areas is one deer. This permit simply authorizes a person to take an antlerless deer during the firearm season or muzzleloader season. The deer areas with leftover permits are: Area 215 - 1,859; Area 219 - 52; Area 232 - 201; Area 234 - 199; Area 247 - 38; Area 254 - 963; Area 255 - 233; and Area 273 - 1,136. Hunters younger than 18 do not need a permit, since they can take an either-sex deer without applying. In lottery areas, it is illegal for adults to take antlerless deer for youth hunters. Adults who hold regular statewide firearm licenses - and muzzleloader hunters who also hunt deer during the firearm season in a lottery deer area and want to take an antlerless deer - must possess an either-sex permit. Otherwise, they are restricted to bucks-only hunting in lottery areas.