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Statewide youth and early antler-less deer seasons this weekend

Oct 14, 2020 11:12AM ● By Editor

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - October 14, 2020

Statewide youth deer season returns Oct. 15-18

Minnesota’s youth deer season will continue statewide for its second year, starting Thursday, Oct. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 18. The season coincides with statewide teacher workshops, so many Minnesota students don’t have school during the youth season.

To participate, youth must be 10-17 years old and have a deer license. An adult parent, guardian, or mentor must accompany youth ages 10-13. All youth hunters and mentors must follow blaze orange/pink clothing requirements. Adults may not hunt, unless they are in an area open during the early antlerless season and have the corresponding license. Complete youth season details are available on the DNR website on the youth deer hunting page.

Early antlerless-only deer season is Oct. 15-18

Hunters can participate in an early antlerless-only deer season from Thursday, Oct. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 18. This year the season has expanded to include more deer permit areas in central and southeastern Minnesota. Permit areas open during the hunt are 213, 214, 215, 341, 342, 343, 344, 604, 605, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649 and 655. The DNR offers this opportunity to hunters in an effort to manage local deer herds. Hunters need an early antlerless permit to participate and the limit is five deer, which is in addition to the statewide bag limit. Deer hunting regulations are available at

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