Input wanted on proposed late antlerless-only deer season and regulations

People are encouraged to provide input online through Monday, Sept. 11, about a proposed antlerless-only deer season in far southeastern Minnesota. 

A late antlerless-only season is being proposed for Saturday, Jan. 6, through Sunday, Jan. 14, concurrent with the late chronic wasting disease season in deer permit area 603.

“We want to hear what hunters, landowners and others feel about the proposed season,” said Paul Telander, Wildlife section chief with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “The input will help inform decisions about the season including hunt dates, bag limits, if the hunt should occur only on private land and if the hunt should happen at all.”

The season would take place in deer permit areas 346, 348 and 349 and the proposed bag limit is five antlerless deer. For multiple seasons, deer populations in the three permit areas have been over or have increased over the publically established population goals determined in 2014. The proposed late antlerless-only season would help move populations toward established population goals and provide additional hunting opportunity.

Two public input meetings on the proposed season already have taken place. To give input or find more information about the proposal, visit the DNR website at mndnr.gov/deer.