Several regulations changes have been made for this fall’s Minnesota deer season. Among them are the following, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:
• Deer permit boundaries in Northeastern Minnesota have been changed. Check fold-out map that comes with the hunting regulations synopsis.
• The bag limit for deer in intensive management areas is now three, down from five in previous years.
• Any hunter may use a scope on his or her muzzleloader during the muzzleloader deer season. No permit is required.
• Blaze pink can now be substituted for blaze orange. See regulations for details on blaze colors.
• After a deer season is open, a bonus permit is valid the same day of purchase if it is purchased before legal shooting hours.
DNR: Deer registration important
Minnesota deer hunters are reminded to register deer before processing, before antlers are removed and within 48 hours after taking the animal, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
“Deer registration provides information that is essential to our ability to manage deer populations,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations manager. “Hunters are required to register deer, and it’s a fairly simple process.”
Hunters can register deer with a phone call to (888) 706-6367, online (mndnr.gov/gameregistration) or in person. Before registering a deer, hunters must validate the site tag. The validated tag must be attached to the deer when the deer is placed on a motor vehicle or an ATV, a vehicle or a trailer being towed by an ATV or brought into a camp, yard or other place of habitation.
Directions for phone registration are printed on the deer license. Have a pen ready; a confirmation number will be given, and it must be written on the license and site tag.
For online registration, directions will be similar to phone registration, and a confirmation number must be written on the license and site tag.
When phone or online registration is not possible, hunters must take their deer to a big-game registration station. The person whose name appears on the license must be present at the registration station with their deer.
If you trap a Wisconsin wolf
Wisconsin trappers who incidentally capture wolves are encouraged to contact Department of Natural Resources staff and participate in Wisconsin’s wolf collaring and monitoring program.
Voluntary participation from Wisconsin’s trappers is an important part of the department’s work with many stakeholders and partners to monitor the state’s wolf population.
In the event of an incidental wolf capture, DNR staff will work closely with the participating trappers to determine if the wolf is a good candidate for the monitoring program. Interested trappers can contact DNR wolf program staff by calling (715) 401-1764.
VCC tops trapshooting competition
The Northern Minnesota Two-Year College Trapshooting Championship was held Oct. 17 at the Grand Rapids Gun Club. Three five-person teams from Vermilion Community College in Ely swept the top three places in the competition.
Members of the first-place team from VCC were Cole Hoffman (97 of 100 targets), Zach Eustice (97), Terrance Gavic (96), Cole Mann (93) and Kyle Michalicek (88).