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More Deer For Hunters In 2017

More Deer For Hunters In 2017 Click to Enlarge Photo: Associated Press

Aug 4, 2017 at 5:11 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - Deer hunting licenses are now on sale and hunters will have more chances to bag a deer this season.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the state's deer population has rebounded thanks to a couple of mild winters and conservative hunting regulations.

As a result, more deer will be allowed to be taken in almost every one of the 130 permits areas.

The deadline to apply for an antlerless permit is Thursday, September 7th.

All hunters who buy a license by September 7th are automatically entered into the lottery if they apply in a lottery area. Lottery winners will be notified in October.

Those who don't want an antlerless tag are encouraged to buy their license after the lottery deadline.

The firearms deer season opens November 4th.

Deer hunting licenses, lottery applications and special hunt applications are available at any DNR license agent, by telephone at 888-646-6367 or online by clicking here.

This season only one permit area is bucks only, down from five areas last season.

In 48 areas, hunters must be chosen by lottery to take an antlerless deer (down from 67 areas).

In 38 areas, hunters have the choice of harvesting a doe or a buck (up from 32 areas).

Bonus permits allowing hunters to take more than one deer are in 43 permit areas (up from 24 areas).

2017 deer permit area breakdown:

Only male deer with one antler at least three inches long may be harvested in the bucks-only permit area 119.

Hunters must be selected in the lottery to harvest an antlerless deer in these lottery permit areas: 103, 108, 111, 126, 132, 152, 159, 169, 173, 176, 178, 181, 183, 197, 199, 224, 234, 235, 237, 238, 250, 251, 252, 253, 262, 266, 269, 270, 271, 272, 274, 275, 278, 279, 280, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 288, 289, 291, 294, 295, 296, 297 and 299.

Hunters can choose to shoot a single buck or single antlerless deer in these hunter-choice permit areas: 101, 105, 110, 114, 117, 118, 130, 131, 133, 155, 156, 171, 172, 177, 179, 184, 203, 208, 219, 221, 222, 223, 230, 239, 246, 247, 249, 254, 258, 260, 273, 277, 281, 290, 298, 338, 339 and 344.

Hunters may harvest two deer, only one of which may be a buck, in these managed permit areas: 157, 201, 209, 210, 213, 218, 225, 227, 229, 232, 233, 236, 240, 242, 248, 255, 256, 257, 259, 261, 263, 264, 265, 267, 268, 276, 292, 293, 341, 342, 343, 345 and 347.

Hunters may harvest up to three deer, only one of which may be a buck, in these intensive permit areas: 182, 214, 215, 241, 287 (no archery hunting), 346, 348 and 349. This is a change from previous years when up to five deer could be taken in intensive harvest permit areas.

Deer permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603 are open for the early antlerless-only hunt in October.

Click here for a map of the state deer permit areas to find your area.

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