Changes noted to southeastern Minnesota’s deer hunting seasons

The Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources says that southeastern Minnesota’s firearms early and late deer seasons will remain at nine days this fall and bucks must have at least one four-point antler in order to be legal for harvest, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today. Deer hunters in the southeast also will no longer be allowed to tag bucks shot by other hunters.

“These new regulations are designed to effectively manage the deer populations at goal levels and increase the proportion of mature bucks,” said Lou Cornicelli, the DNR’s big game program coordinator.

Changes will be effective only in deer permit areas 338-349, which comprise southeastern Minnesota. Those changes include:

Continuing the firearms deer season at nine days for the early (3A) and late (3B) hunts.
Instituting an antler restrictions of four-points on one side for all hunters older than 17 during the archery, firearms and muzzleloader seasons.
Prohibiting hunters from tagging an antlered buck for another hunter.
Establishing a youth-only season from Thursday, Oct. 21, to Sunday, Oct. 24, during an extended break for most public school children during what is commonly referred to as MEA Weekend.

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