Youth Deer Hunts Slated at Local State Parks

Minnesota youth have until Friday, Aug. 15, to apply for a special deer hunt at a state park or refuge. Four local state parks are offering firearms hunts for youth ages 12-15. They are among 17 special youth hunts statewide.

Participating in a youth deer hunt does not preclude the youth from participating in the regular firearms deer season, but any deer harvested do count against the youth’s season bag limit. An adult parent, guardian or mentor must accompany the youth at all times while hunting, but only the youth may hunt. Youth and their mentor must attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation clinic.

Local hunts include:

  • Blue Mounds State Park, firearms, 10 permits, hunt is Nov. 22-23, clinic is Nov. 21.
  • Camden State Park, firearms, 12 permits, hunt is Nov. 1-2, clinic is Oct. 31.
  • Lake Shetek State Park, firearms, 12 permits, hunt is Oct. 25-26, clinic is Oct. 24.
  • Split Rock Creek State Park (new in 2014), 10 permits, hunt is Oct. 25-26, clinic is Oct. 24.

Youth may only apply for one special archery hunt and one special firearms hunt. This can be done at any DNR license agent; the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, or online at www.mndnr.gov/licenses. For archery hunts, apply with code 630; for firearms hunts, apply with code 631.

If the number of applications exceeds the number of permits, a lottery will be conducted. Successful applicants also must meet all firearms safety requirements, purchase all appropriate licenses and follow hunting regulations.

For more information about all 17 special youth deer hunts, visit www.mndnr.gov/discover. Click on youth deer hunts.

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