Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz

Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake Herald, Minn.

September 8, 1997

Management permits and Intensive Harvest Permits

Throw it all in a grab bag or try and understand the descriptions written in the 1997 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook. Either way, deer hunting license options can be pretty confusing.

For example, a firearms deer hunter, hunting in the right area, with the correct permits could harvest up to five deer.

To most deer hunters, especially those who have been buying the same type of license and hunting in the same zone or permit area for years, the option to legally harvest five deer is confusing and tough to understand.

For example, let's say Joe purchases a regular firearms deer hunting license for Zone 4A. Then he applies for an anterless permit in Permit Area 419 of Zone 4A and receives one.

On Joe's antlerless permit, there was an option for Joe to purchase a deer management permit for one-half the cost of his regular license, and he did.

So far, Joe would be able to legally harvest two deer - a buck or antlerless deer with his regular license and antlerless permit, and an antlerless deer with his deer management permit.

With the license and permits in hand to harvest two deer, Joe decides he will purchase three Intensive Harvest Permits at a cost of $12 each that are available this season in Permit Area 419 of Zone 4A, so he could harvest three more antlerless deer.

With his regular license and antlerless permit, plus a deer management permit and three Intensive Harvest Permits Joe could legally harvest five deer.

He could take a buck (antlered deer) in Zone 4A, or an antlerless deer with his antlerless permit in Permit Area 419 of Zone 4A, an antlerless deer with his deer management permit in Permit Area 419 of Zone 4A, and three more antlerless deer in any permit area of Zone 4A where Intensive Harvest Permits are offered.

That may sound confusing, but that's how it works.

This season, intensive Harvest permits are available in our area. Permit Areas 419 and 429 of Zones 4A and 4B have them available and that has made some area hunters take good a look at the different licensing options.

Along with several other permit areas listed on page 46 of the 1997 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook, Intensive Harvest Permits in Permit Areas 419 and 429 of Zones 4A and 4B are also available to multi-zone buck license holders.

Not to make it any more confusing. But, to answer a few of the questions that are being asked by hunters in our area or those interested in the permit options.

Regarding Deer Management Permits: Deer Management Permits may be issued in permit areas that are undersubscribed or basically, in areas where all the Antlerless Permits offered were not distributed.

Hunters receiving an antlerless permit in the lottery will be notified on their antlerless permit if they are eligible to purchase a deer management permit.

Only antlerless deer can be taken with Deer Management Permits and eligible hunters can purchase them for half the cost of their regular license at certain license vendors that have requested them and at a county auditor's office.

Regarding Intensive Harvest Permits: Intensive Harvest Permits are available in certain permit areas to hunters having the appropriate regular license for the area. Only antlerless deer may be taken, and hunters may purchase a maximum of three at a cost of $12 each. Intensive harvest permits are not available at area license vendors. But, can be purchased at county auditor's offices.

Deer management permits and Intensive Harvest Permits are valid immediately when purchased during the season as long as the appropriate regular license is available.

For more information on deer licensing options, refer to the big game section in the 1997 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook or call the DNR at 1-800-285-2000.

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