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OutdoorMN News - Smartphones are a smart tool to start hunting

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The first step is the hardest.

That exercise adage often applies to hunting, too.

Yet, not the case, if hunters have a smartphone. For if they do, they can simply flick their fingers to and do the following:

Buy a license: Yes, without ever standing in line hunters can buy a license and any necessary stamp. They just need to have driver’s license or firearms safety certificate identification number handy, plus a credit or debit card for payment. Some youth licenses are free, and others cost as little as $5. For licenses that require a tag (deer, for example) people must wait for the tag to arrive by mail before hunting.

Check regulations: Both the hunting and trapping regulation booklet and the waterfowl hunting booklet are online.

Waive firearms safety training: Don’t have a state-issued firearms safety certificate? That’s not a problem. Like many states, Minnesota allows residents and nonresidents to waive the firearms safety certificate requirement under certain limited exemptions. Minnesota’s twice-in-a-lifetime exemption allows youth and adults to hunt small game, deer and bear without firearms safety training so long as they are in unaided visual and verbal contact with each other. Cost of the apprentice hunter validation is $3.50. A hunting license is also required. Firearms safety training is mandatory for those hunting in Minnesota who were born after Dec. 31, 1979.

Find a place to hunt: Don’t know where to go? That’s not a problem, either. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages 1,400 wildlife management areas that total 1.3 million acres. To find a nearby or distant WMA, simply go to “Recreation Compass” on the DNR website. This mobile application, which features an aerial photo of the entire state, allows hunters to zoom in and out to easily find WMAs all across the state. The detailed photos and boundary lines allow them to actually see what the landscape looks like, thereby allowing them to plan a hunt from home or in their vehicle. For hunters who already know where they’re going, they can access the same information by searching by WMA name or county at

Discover a grouse hunting walking trail: Want to take advantage of higher ruffed grouse numbers this season? Again, no problem. The DNR’s “Hunter Walking Trails” web pages can help people find hundreds of miles of trail throughout central and northern Minnesota. The walking trail web pages can help hunters find trails in the county of their choice. Trail maps, which are essentially aerial photos of the land they’ll be hunting, can be downloaded and printed.

Get a permit to hunt certain private lands: For $3, hunters can purchase a Walk-in Access program validation that allows access to 26,700 acres of private land from Sept. 1 through May 31. These lands are located in 46 counties throughout the pheasant range. Maps of all Walk-In Access sites are available electronically at Visually, walk-in lands are identified by bright yellow-green signs at boundary corners. So, if hunters see a nice-looking Walk-In Access area this hunting season, they can simply use a phone to purchase a validation. They can be hunting it in minutes.

Explore every deer permit areas: Visit to access an interactive map of every deer permit area in Minnesota. By clicking on a permit area or selecting one from the drop-down list at the top, people find information about the area’s management designation, dates of all deer seasons, whether mandatory disease testing is in place and a direct link to deer hunting regulations. A “detail report” link provides historical harvest statistics, land cover type, public land listings and historical winter severity indexes.

Register deer, turkey and other game: Not long ago, deer and certain other types of hunters had to drive to a registration station to report their harvest. Today, hunters can save gas and time by connecting to the internet at to report their harvest information.

“Those without a smartphone can always buy a license and register game with an ordinary phone,” said Paul Telander, DNR wildlife chief. “The toll-free number for licenses is 888-665-4236 and to register deer call 888-706-6367.”

Telander said efforts to make Minnesota hunting information more smartphone friendly has been rewarding to see.

“It’s never been easier to buy a license, find a place to hunt and register your game,” said Telander. “Hunting will always involve work. Yet these days, a lot of hunters are saving boot leather and tire tread by putting their phones to work.”


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    • CigarGuy
      My neighbor at my cabin recently bought several acres adjoining his property and another neighbor had posted part of it-thinking he owned it.  My neighbor was planning on having it surveyed, so for the heck of it, I downloaded the trial OnX hunt map.  Only one pin on my property is visible in the winter, it was right on the pin.  We went and checked his property lines out and the neighbor that posted it, didn't own as much property as he thought he did. The OnX map property lines were fairly close to the actual lines, which were verified when surveyed.  If there are indeed pins or some kind of stakes in the ground, this should get you close enough to use a metal detector. 
    • Wanderer
      None of the GPS mapping or GIS can be used as legal documents.  The best thing would’ve been to spend the $350 or so for Title Insurance when the land was purchased.  With the insurance the lines are checked and any discrepancies are corrected. After that, yup, it’s up to getting a new survey. best of luck to ya.  
    • Borch
      Pretty nice weather and travel conditions right now.  The ice will be around for a while.  Fishing was slow for us today.
    • papadarv
      Spring is here, open water soon. In Feb. Navionics did a big High Def. update to many lakes. Several  lakes i looked at appeared to have great contour improvements. Two lakes Coon in Anoka and Ottertail in Ottertail co., which i am very famuliar with, were part of the group. I decided to compare the 2 lakes to Iakemaster so I spent the $30 for the 2 maps for Humminbird Fishsmart App. I also obtained a Garmin LakeVU of a portion of Coon. Navionics & Lakemaster very close to each other, Garmin LakeVU not so close. The screen shot has Navionics on left, Lakemaster cennter & Garmin right.  Boating App owners - great time to do the Update all.
    • pikeandchester
      The GPS ideas are great. Garmin Huntview for Minnesota is $79.99 and OnX has 7 day free trial. The plan is to have the property surveyed. I believe Cliff makes a good point, do it right from the start. More time for fishing less time messing around looking for markers and  buying equipment just to possibly end up having the survey done in the end. Thank you for your responses they have been very helpful!
    • Mike89
      good luck there!!!!
    • JBMasterAngler
      I decided to skip Mille Lacs today. With the poor fishing reports and even poorer travel options out there, I’m hoping next week might be better. So bring on the sun for the next 7 days!
    • JBMasterAngler
      Got out to west rush early this morning. No slush issues while I was there, but that could be different by days end. The landing was quickly degrading in just the few hours I was there...landing on east lake is worse. Only caught 5 crappies. Schools were scattered and on the move, and fish weren’t very active. Ice was about 32 inches, which made hole hopping very difficult with an ion auger. Caught a nice sun burn on my face 
    • IceHawk
      Pike good luck!  Grew up fishing down there as a kid. Every so often I go back down there to relive some good memories  When I was 12 yrs old I use to fish down there with a couple old boys at midnight on opening night. Those old boys treated me as there own Kid!  And  I always thanked them for that  they taught me a lot. Caught a pretty good amount of eyes throwing jointed rapalas back then.  Its been a few years since then the old boys are gone fishing in the big sky above. But boy I still see there faces and smiles in my memory when every I stop down there 
    • delcecchi
      ok, now that I have a phone that takes pics, I'll post some when summer comes. Just call me Dime, cuz I be dropping some.