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Buy your deer hunting license early, DNR says

With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume. T...

With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume. The 2015 Minnesota firearms deer season begins Nov. 7.

"There are usually lines of people who wait to buy licenses until the Thursday and Friday before the firearms deer opener," Steve Michaels, DNR licensing program director, said in a release. "Last year we sold more than 120,000 licenses on those two days. Buying early lets you avoid the lines and spend more time getting ready to hunt."

Hunters can buy a license from DNR license agents across Minnesota, by phone at 888-665-4236 or by visiting www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense to purchase them online. There are additional fees for telephone and Internet transactions. Hunters who purchase licenses by phone and Internet will receive their deer license and tags by mail, which can take three to five business days to arrive, so hunters who choose these options should allow enough time for delivery. Hunters must have a valid deer license and tag in their possession when hunting deer.

The information center and license center at DNR headquarters in St. Paul will extend their hours on opening weekend to accommodate additional phone calls from deer hunters. Phone lines will be open on Nov. 6 until 8 p.m., and Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Hunters need to be familiar with deer hunting regulations, which are available at any DNR license agent or online.

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License questions should be directed to the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or

888-646-6367.

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