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New rule changes when deer licenses are valid

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminded deer hunters about changes in 2015 that affect when licenses purchased after a season is open are valid.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminded deer hunters about changes in 2015 that affect when licenses purchased after a season is open are valid.

A deer hunting license purchased after a season opens is valid the same day of purchase if purchased prior to legal shooting hours, the DNR said in a release. If the license is purchased after legal shooting hours, then the license is valid the following day.

"The language is unclear in the 2015 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook about when deer hunting licenses are valid, so we want to elaborate on this," Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations manager, said in the release.

Last year, hunters needed to wait two days to hunt if they bought a deer license after a season opened. Also, there was no ability to buy a license before shooting hours and hunt the same day.

Deer licenses can be purchased online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense , by phone at 888-665-4236, or at DNR license agents across Minnesota. See www.mndnr.gov/licenses/agents.html for lists of license agents in each Minnesota county.

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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.

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

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