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Conservative deer hunt set by DNR

Hunters will see a conservative 2014 deer season designed to rebuild deer numbers across much of the state.

“Hunters should check the 2014 hunting regulations closely because only one deer can be harvested in 95 percent of the state,” said Leslie McInenly, big game program leader for the DNR.

In 69 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas, hunters must be chosen in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer. Hunters in 38 areas have the choice of shooting one doe or buck.

Around Perham, permit areas 241, 240 and 239 are hunter choice of one deer. Areas 246 and 258 will use the lottery system, allowing some hunters to take one antlerless animal.

 “Many hunters voiced concerns about current deer densities and their hunting experiences in recent years,” McInenly said. “This past winter only added to those concerns so this year’s conservative approach will protect more antlerless deer, reduce the statewide harvest and allow the population to rebound.”

Northeastern Minnesota hunters will feel the greatest impact from a bucks-only season. Here, no antlerless deer may be harvested by any hunter.

Hunters can enter the antlerless permit lottery through Thursday, Sept. 4.

Deer hunting licenses, lottery applications and special hunt applications are available at any DNR license agent, by telephone at 888-665-4236 or online. Lottery winners will be notified in October.