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The 2010 hunting and trapping regulations handbook is now available

August 2, 2010

by Chris Schultz

From the DNR

Minnesota’s 2010 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook is now available wherever hunting and angling licenses are sold, online and in many Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offices across the state.

Hunters should familiarize themselves with the regulations book before the hunting season begins, since there are a number of new regulations.

“The changes are aimed at providing more recreational opportunity, streamlining regulations, or improving wildlife management.”

Merchant said hunters should review new deer hunting regulations, permit area designations and boundary changes before theSeptember application deadline for either-sex deer permits in lottery areas, and for all special hunts.

Deer permit area boundary changes

Numerous deer permit area boundaries in central and northern Minnesota have changed.

These changes do not affect season length or license requirements.

They were made to better align boundaries with public and private land and associated deer densities.

In most cases, the permit area numbers have changed so hunters should consult the 2010 fold-out map prior to purchasing a license.

Applying for either-sex deer permits

This year hunters can apply for lottery deer areas and special hunts using both their firearm and muzzleloader licenses.

Previously, a person could apply using only one license.

The deadline for lottery and special hunt applications is Thursday, Sept. 9.

Although a hunter can be selected for both licenses, successful applicants still can only take one deer.

In the case of special hunts, a person may draw both a firearm and muzzleloader permit, in which case they must adhere to the bag limits established by each special hunt.

2010 lottery deer areas - 103, 108, 118, 119, 127, 152, 155, 169, 171, 172, 173, 176, 183, 184, 197, 218, 219, 223, 224, 229, 230, 235, 238, 246, 247, 250, 251, 252, 253, 255, 258, 259, 262, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 283, 285, 289, 290, 291, 294, 295, 296, 299, 338A, 338B, 347A, 347B.

300-series deer seasons

Several new regulations are being implemented in all 300-series deer areas.

These regulations are in effect for the archery, 3A and 3B firearms, and muzzleloader seasons. The regulations:

• Institute a four-point to one side antler point restriction. Only bucks that have at least one four-point antler can be legally harvested. This regulation will be in place during all seasons (archery, 3A, 3B, muzzleloader). Youth hunters age 10 - 17 do not have to comply with the regulation; they can continue to take any antlered buck. However, adults cannot take an antlered deer for a youth hunter.

• Prohibit buck cross-tagging. In all 300 series deer areas, hunters cannot tag antlered bucks for each other. Hunters can still take and tag antlerless deer for each other.

• Lengthen the 3A season to nine days. The 3A season will be from Nov. 6-14.

Youth deer season

Several deer permit areas in southeast and northwest Minnesota will be open for a special youth deer season from Oct. 21-24.

The season will provide an opportunity for parents, guardians and mentors to schedule and plan a special deer hunt with youth.

Youth ages 10-15 at the time of the hunt may participate and take a deer of either sex. Adults may not carry a firearm.

Public land is open as is private land, provided the youth hunter has landowner permission.

Participants must meet all firearms safety requirements and obtain a license for taking deer by firearm.

Deer permit areas open during the youth season are: 101, 105, 111, 114, 201, 203, 208, 209, 256, 257, 260, 263, 264, 267, 268, 338, 339, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, and 601.

New deer registration options

This year, hunters have three ways they can register harvested deer. DNR will retain the walk-in registration stations that have been used in years past.

New this year is the option of using the telephone or internet as well.

Certain areas will be blocked from phone or Internet registration because of disease surveillance or special regulations, and hunters can find detailed information in the 2010 regulations booklet.

Application deadline approaching for 2010 Camp Ripley archery hunts
From the DNR

Hunters interested in the 2010 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls are reminded that this year’s Aug. 13 application deadline is fast approaching, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The application process opened July 1.

Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons, Oct. 21-22 (Thursday-Friday code 668) or Oct. 30-31 (Saturday-Sunday code 669). A total of 5,000 permits, 2,500 per two-day hunt, will be made available.

Successful applicants must purchase a valid archery license at least two days before their hunt to participate.

The bag limit for this year’s hunt is two, and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer.

Hunters may choose from four options to apply for the Camp Ripley archery hunts:

• Through the DNR’s computerized Electronic Licensing System (ELS) at any one of 1,700 ELS agents located throughout Minnesota.

• By telephone at 888-665-4236.

• Through DNR’s Internet licensing link.

• The DNR License Center in St. Paul.

The application fee for the hunt is $8 per applicant.

Those who apply by phone or Internet will be charged an additional convenience fee of 3 percent ($0.24) per transaction.

To apply, resident hunters 21 and older must provide a valid state driver’s license or public safety identification number.

Residents under 21 may also provide a DNR firearms safety training number to apply.

Nonresident hunters must apply using a valid driver’s license number, public safety identification number, or MDNR customer number from a recent Minnesota hunting or fishing license.

Applicants should verify that their MDNR customer number matches the last time they applied in order to retain preference already accrued.

It is also important that your MDNR customer record reflect a current mailing address as this is where your winning notification will be sent in early-September if you are successful in the computer preference drawing.

Residents must be at least 10 years old, and nonresidents at least 12 years of age, prior to the hunt they apply for.

In addition, anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, must have a firearms safety certificate, a previous hunting license, or other evidence of successfully completing a hunter safety course to obtain a license to hunt or trap in Minnesota.

Hunters may apply as individuals or as a group, up to four individuals.

Group members may only apply for the same two-day season.

The first group applicant must specify “Create New Group” when asked, and will receive a group number.

Subsequent group applicants must specify they want to “Join an Existing Group” and must use the same group number supplied to the first group applicant.

The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt with the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation.

Free license now required for small game hunters younger than 16
From the DNR

Youth younger than 16 must obtain a free license to hunt small game this fall, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Although the license is free, it is subject to a nominal vendor service charge.

The new license requirement, mandated by the Legislature in 2008, affects a number of popular game species including squirrel, rabbit, grouse, pheasant and waterfowl.

Youth also must satisfy all requirements related to hunter education and firearms safety.

Small game season opens Saturday, Sept. 18.

Free youth licenses are available online at and at the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul.

The new youth small game hunting licenses also are available at DNR license agents across Minnesota.

License agents are allowed to charge a 50-cent fee for any free license or permit.

Youth licenses are available via phone at 888-665-4236 but a nominal customer service fee will be charged.

Zebra mussels found in Lake Minnetonka
From the DNR

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists have confirmed a report that several tiny zebra mussels have been found in Lake Minnetonka.

They’re attached to rocks along the shore on the east side of Wayzata Bay near Highway 101.

A local resident discovered the zebra mussels earlier this week and reported his findings to the DNR.

It is not known how widespread zebra mussels are in the lake.

The young age of the zebra mussels suggest a reproducing population has likely been in the lake for a least a year.

The number of zebra mussels found was very low. The DNR is looking further into the situation this week.

A more extensive survey will be done later in the summer when any mussels in the lake will be larger and more visible.

Anyone who finds zebra mussels in the lake should contact the DNR.

For many years, the DNR has worked closely with the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD) and others to inspect boats and educate lake users in an effort to prevent the spread of invasive species into Lake Minnetonka.

The DNR focused significant efforts on Lake Minnetonka because of the high amount of recreational boating and angling use at the lake.

“Unfortunately, zebra mussels still found their way to the lake,” said Luke Skinner, supervisor of DNR’s invasive species unit.

A nonnative invasive species, zebra mussels pose serious ecological and economic threats to Minnesota’s lakes and streams.

Heavy infestations can kill native mussels, impact fish populations, interfere with recreation, and increase costs for industry, including power and water supply facilities.

Native to Eastern Europe and Western Russia, zebra mussels were first discovered in Minnesota in 1989 in the Duluth harbor.

They subsequently have spread to 17 inland lakes, including Mille Lacs, Prior, and Le Homme Dieu and to portions of the Mississippi, St. Croix and Zumbro rivers.

With the discovery of zebra mussels in Lake Minnetonka, boaters and anglers need to continue to take extra precautions when using this popular lake as Zebra mussels could pose risks for other waters.

Boaters are required by law to:

• Remove aquatic plants and zebra mussels from boats and trailers.

• Drain all water, including pulling the drain plug, open water draining devises, and draining bilges and live wells. The drain plug has to be removed or open when transporting your boat on public roads.

• Drain bait buckets when exiting lakes that have been designated as infested with spiny water flea or zebra mussels. Anglers can keep unused bait when leaving infested waters if they replace the water with tap or spring.

It is also recommended to spray or rinse boats with high pressure and/or hot water, or let them dry thoroughly for five days before transporting to another body of water.