Deer hunting permits, regulations now available

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Minnesota deer hunters can now purchase licenses and find the 2022 hunting regulations online.

On Monday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) put hunting licenses up for sale and updated hunting regulations on line. Printed copies of the rules will be available wherever licenses are commonly sold.

“We are excited about the deer hunt this year,” said MNR wildlife section manager Kelly Straka. “Hunters in 20% of our deer license areas will have increased harvesting opportunities, and opportunities in 70% of DPAs remain unchanged from last year. In some areas of northern Minnesota, harsh winter conditions have impacted low deer numbers, so hunting opportunities in these areas are designed to help stabilize or increase these populations.

Changes for 2022 include eight more deer permit areas (PADs) and more permit options for the start of the antlerless season, and increased bag limits in 28 PADs. Limits remain the same in 90 DPA while 12 have been lowered.

Minnesota deer seasons run as follows:

  • Archery: from September 17 to December 31.
  • Young and Antlerless Young: October 20 to October 23.
  • Firearms: opens November 5, closes at different times depending on each DPA.
  • Muzzleloader: November 26 to December 11.

More information for each DPA is available on line.

In addition, MNR announced changes to chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling this year.

Hunters will be able to submit samples through DNR partner taxidermists or by depositing heads at self-service picking stations. Mail kits and appointments are also options.

MNR says it will have fewer self-service sampling stations this fall than in the past and, with the exception of spot monitoring areas, self-service stations will only be available during gun season. fire.

The revised approach will allow the agency and hunters to work together to ensure robust data collection, the DNR said.

“Keeping Minnesota deer healthy remains a top priority for MNR. MNR’s commitment to good surveillance and aggressive management of chronic wasting disease has not changed. What’s different is how we accomplish this from place to place and improve options for hunters to help us monitor disease,” Straka said.

The agency says it still conducts rigorous sampling in areas where CWD has been detected and continues to mandate the submission of CWD samples from all CWD areas on opening weekend. of gun season. Carcass movement restrictions also remain in place for chronic wasting disease management and control areas.

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