The Minnesota deer hunting opener has hunters ready and eager to head out to the fields and forests for the firearms deer opener that gets underway a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 7. Here are some other reminders from the DNR for the Minnesota firearms deer season:
Be sure to review new deer hunting regulations, permit area designations and boundary changes. Find this and more deer hunting information from the DNR.
With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the DNR encourages hunters to purchase a license early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume. License agents where you can buy a license are located across Minnesota.
Changes in 2015 affect when licenses are valid if purchased after a season is open. A deer hunting license purchased after a season is open is valid the same day of purchase if purchased prior to the beginning of legal shooting hours. If the license is purchased after legal shooting hours have begun, then the license is valid the following day.
Deer must be registered within 48 hours after the deer was taken, before being processed and before antlers are removed. Hunters can register deer they harvest by making a telephone call, using the Internet or bringing deer to a big-game registration station. Hunters need to provide accurate information when registering. Registering a deer as taken in a permit area different from where is was actually taken is a violation. Here are registration instructions for all methods. Registration is important because it provides data on harvest that’s used for management of deer populations.
Follow all legal restrictions, laws and guidelines to make this your best Minnesota deer hunting opener yet!