DNR encourages hunters to apply early for deer permits, special hunts, wolf licenses

Hunters who have yet to apply for an either-sex deer permit, special firearms deer hunts or wolf hunting and trapping licenses are reminded that the Thursday, Sept. 6, deadline is approaching fast.

Locally, up to 40 firearms permits will be issued for the 2A firearms season at the Lake Alexander scientific and natural area (SNA) near Cushing.

An error in the hunting handbook indicated that the SNA was open to all forms of hunting, which is not the case.

Those interested in hunting the SNA can only hunt deer and must ensure they apply in the special hunt lottery by the specified deadline in order to have an opportunity to draw a permit.

In addition, nearly half of the state’s deer permit areas now are designated as lottery areas.

This means hunters must apply for and be selected to receive a permit that allows them to shoot antlerless deer in lottery areas.

Many of these areas – focused in the northwestern, north-central and a portion of northeastern Minnesota – have not been lottery areas for years.

Because of this, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strongly recommends that hunters check to ensure the area where they hunt has not become a lottery area.

Hunters already have applied for more than half of the licenses available in each of the three wolf hunting seasons to be conducted this fall and winter.

Current and up-to-date information is available online at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/deer and www.mndnr.gov/hunting/wolf.