Minnesota deer hunters can learn about changes to deer hunting regulations, including a statewide youth deer season. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also expanded deer feeding and attractant bans to control the spread of chronic wasting disease.
“We heard a lot of support for a statewide youth deer hunting season,” said Barbara Keller, big game program leader for the DNR. “We’re excited to make it easier for adults to share their hunting knowledge and traditions with the next generation of deer hunters.”
The statewide youth season will run from Oct. 17-20, for youth hunters ages 10-17. In the past, the youth season was only available in the southeast, northwest and Twin Cities metro permit areas.
Other changes include regulations that reflect the DNR’s response to CWD. Minnesotans in central and southeast regions must pay close attention to the deer feeding and attractant bans, even if they don’t hunt. The prohibited area for food and other attractants will expand on Sept. 1, in areas where CWD has been detected in farmed or wild deer.
Feeding and attractants increase the risk of disease transmission between animals by bringing them together in close contact.
Several changes to deer permit area numbering this year will clarify where CWD management and surveillance occurs. Deer permit areas within a CWD management zone, in southeast and north-central Minnesota, will now be part of a 600-series permit areas. The metro deer permit area will also be renamed to 701 from 601.
The DNR will continue to enforce carcass movement restrictions to limit the spread of disease. Hunters must be aware of mandatory sampling during all deer seasons in the CWD management zones (southeast and north-central), and over the opening weekend of the firearms season in the CWD control zone (southeast, bordering the CWD management zone) and in surveillance areas (central).
Full details about CWD sampling, including sampling locations, carcass transport restrictions and management and control zones are available at mndnr.gov/cwd.
The 2019 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping regulations handbook is available on the DNR deer hunting page at mndnr.gov/hunting/deer. Hunting licenses are available at any DNR license agent, by phone at 888-646-6367 or online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense.