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Apply now for youth deer, prairie chicken and Camp Ripley permits

Aug 13, 2021 02:31PM ● By Editor
Photo: Duluth News Tribune

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - April 13, 2021

Apply through Aug. 20 for special youth deer hunts 
Hunters can apply for special youth hunt permits through Friday, Aug. 20. Youth special firearms hunt applicants must be at least age 12 and under 16 by the beginning hunt date; youth special archery hunt applicants must be at least 12 and under 18 by the beginning hunt date. There is a limited number of permits for each hunt, with the individual hunts taking place on various dates during the fall in state parks and a national wildlife refuge. Adults must accompany youth during these hunts. More information is available in on the DNR website  PDF. Special youth deer hunts are different from the statewide youth deer season that does not require an application and takes place Oct. 21-24.

Apply through Aug. 20 for prairie chicken hunt lottery
Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 20, for one of 125 permits for the 2021 Minnesota prairie chicken hunting season. The nine-day prairie chicken season begins Saturday, Sept. 25, and is open only to Minnesota residents. The hunt takes place in northwestern Minnesota between St. Hilaire in the north and Breckenridge in the south. Hunters can find details about the season on the Minnesota DNR website.

Apply through Aug. 20 for Camp Ripley archery hunts
Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 20, for the regular archery deer hunt at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Beginning this year, the format of the hunt will be changing to a single 3-day event occurring on Oct. 29-31 (Fri.-Sun., application code 668). A total of 2,500 permits will be made available. Successful applicants must buy a valid archery license to participate. The bag limit for this year’s hunt is two, and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer. Additional rules and instructions are available on the Minnesota DNR website.

The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt in collaboration with Central Lakes College Natural Resources Department, and the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation.

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