Hunters can apply starting Tuesday, July 1, for the 2014 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The application deadline is Aug. 15, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Due to military training needs, the dates for the first of this year’s two hunts are being held one day earlier than usual, and hunting will not take place on a Friday. As a result, the first hunt will not coincide exactly with the annual Education Minnesota conference as it has in the past.
Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons: Oct. 15-16 (Wed.-Thur., code 668) or Oct. 25-26 (Sat.-Sun., code 669). A total of 4,000 permits, with 2,000 per two-day hunt, will be made available. Successful applicants must buy a valid archery license at least two days before their hunt to participate. The bag limit for this year’s hunt is one, and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer. Additional rules and instructions for this year’s hunt can be found on the DNR deer hunting Web page.
Hunters may choose from four options to apply for the Camp Ripley archery hunts:
- Through DNR’s computerized Electronic Licensing System (ELS) at any one of 1,500 ELS agents located throughout Minnesota.
- By telephone at 888-665-4236.
- Through DNR’s Internet licensing link.
- At DNR license center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.
The application fee for the hunt is $12 per applicant. Additional ELS transaction fees and convenience fees may be applied depending on how the application is made.
To apply, resident hunters 21 and older must provide a valid state driver’s license or public safety identification number. Residents under 21 may also provide a DNR firearms safety training number to apply. Nonresident hunters must apply using a valid driver’s license number, public safety identification number, or MDNR customer number from a recent Minnesota hunting or fishing license.
All applicants must be at least 10 years old prior to the hunt for which they apply. In addition, anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1980 must have a firearms safety certificate or other evidence of successfully completing a hunter safety course to obtain a license to hunt or trap in Minnesota.
Hunters may apply as individuals or as a group of up to four people. Group members may only apply for the same two-day season. The first group applicant must specify “Create New Group” when asked, and will receive a group number. Subsequent group applicants must specify they want to “Join an Existing Group” and must use the same group number supplied to the first group applicant.
The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt with the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation.