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DNR to allow special deer hunting season starting Dec. 27

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The Minnesota DNR will allow a special late-season deer hunt Dec. 27 through Jan. 11 in Permit Area 101 near Skime in northwest Minnesota.

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The hunt is part of the state's ongoing bovine tuberculosis surveillance and eradication efforts. Details of the hunt include:

  • Hunters may take an unlimited number of deer of either sex.
  • Deer can be tagged with any remaining unused tags from the 2008 season.
  • Hunters can use any 2008 license or permit from any deer area.
  • Hunters must have a license and use the legal weapon for that license.
  • New or replacement licenses may be obtained at any Electronic Licensing System agent; hunters also can purchase additional disease management permits for $2.50
  • All harvested deer must be registered at one of the following registration stations during regular business hours: Olson Skime Store in Skime, Riverfront Store in Wannaska, the DNR offices at Thief Lake or Red Lake wildlife management areas.

Once the late season hunt concludes in January, the DNR will conduct another aerial survey of the area to determine current deer abundance and distribution. The agency can then contract with ground and aerial sharpshooters to further reduce deer populations in the bovine TB core area.

For more information on Minnesota's bovine TB eradication efforts, visit mntbfree.com.

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