DNR offers tips on safe hunting
October 13, 2023
As archery deer hunters enjoy the current hunting season and 400,000 hunters prepare for firearms deer hunting seasons, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to plan ahead for a safe and enjoyable hunt.
The Minnesota DNR’s online make-a-plan tool (mndnr.gov/deerhunt) provides a comprehensive step-by-step list of information hunters need to consider before heading to deer camp. Hunters can walk through the steps to consider, including knowing the hunting regulations, planning for deer processing, getting their deer sampled for CWD, being safe and making the most out of their hunt. To use the online tool, all hunters need to know is the deer permit area number or DPA numbers where they intend to hunt, which they can find on an interactive deer map.
In Minnesota, archery deer season began Sept. 16 and continues through Dec. 31. Youth and early antlerless seasons are Oct. 19-22, and firearms deer season opens Nov. 4, with various closing dates depending on the region. Muzzleloader season runs Nov. 25 through Dec. 10.