Proposed late season southeast deer hunt

Map showing boundaries of the fall 2017 CWD testing zones in Minnesota.
Click to expand map show deer permit areas in far southeastern Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reviewing public input on a proposed late antlerless only season for deer permit areas 346, 348 and 349 in the far southeastern corner of the state.

Deer populations in these permit areas have been over the population goals established through the public goal setting process in 2014 for multiple seasons. This proposed additional season would facilitate moving populations toward established goals and provide additional hunting opportunity.

Proposed season details

  • Proposed dates
    • Saturday, Jan. 6, to Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
  • Proposed bag limit
    • Five antlerless deer
    • Deer harvested during the early antlerless Season and this proposed late season would be in addition to the overall intensive management designation of 3 deer
    • The one buck limit across all season would remain in place.
  • Licenses & permits
    • The use of bonus permits would be allowed to tag deer; however, a hunter must have one valid unused early/late antlerless license on their person to participate.
    • Party hunting (e.g. cross-tagging) for antlerless deer would be allowed but bucks may not be harvested by party hunting.

You can view the proposed season overview.

Input under review

Input collected at two public meetings and from an online questionnaire is now under review.