A special deer season will be open to youth ages 10-15 in October.
The special deer season will run from Thursday, Oct. 17, to Sunday, Oct. 20, in 28 permit areas that encompass portions of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota.
“This youth-only season provides an opportunity for parents, guardians and mentors to schedule and plan a special deer hunt with youth,” said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Deer permit areas open to the hunt include the following:
- Whitewater Game Refuge also is open to taking either sex deer by eligible youth.
Youth must meet all firearms safety requirement, possess a license and use the appropriate firearm for the permit area where they are hunting.
Licenses for youth ages 10, 11 and 12 are free. Licenses for youth ages 13-17 cost $5. There is also a $1 issuing fee for any youth obtaining a license.
An adult mentor must accompany the youth but is not allowed to hunt or carry a firearm. Public land and private land are open for hunting with landowner permission.
Participating in youth deer season does not prevent the youth from participating in the regular firearms deer season, but any deer harvested does count against the youth’s season bag limit.
For more information visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/