DNR encourages hunters to apply early for deer permits, wolf licenses
Hunters who have yet to apply for an either-sex deer permit or wolf hunting and trapping licenses are encouraged to do so well before the Thursday, Sept. 6, deadline.
Nearly half of the state's deer permit areas now are lottery areas, which means hunters must apply for and be selected to receive a permit that allows them to shoot antlerless deer in lottery areas.
Because many of these areas – focused in the northwestern, north-central and a portion of northeastern Minnesota – have not been lottery areas for years, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strongly recommends that hunters check to ensure the area where they hunt has not become a lottery area.
Hunters already have applied for more than half of the licenses available in each of the three wolf hunting seasons to be conducted this fall and winter. Applying early allows time for hunters to gather information needed for applications. Early application also helps reduce long lines and bottlenecks that can occur when hunters apply at the last minute.