Q: I shot a deer early in the day, and want to use my ATV to make the retrieval process easier. Are there restrictions on when and where I can operate the ATV?
A: Yes, especially on public land and roads. Licensed deer hunters cannot operate their ATV, UTV or snowmobile in an area where the license is valid except:
- before legal shooting hours
- from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
- after legal shooting hours
- on property they own
- on private property with the landowner’s permission
- or under a permit issued by a conservation officer in an emergency or other unusual situation
This regulation is designed to decrease pressure and interference with other hunters in the area. In addition, during the primary firearms deer season, OHV trails and routes in state forests are closed to all recreational riding (ATV, UTV, OHM and snowmobile) where deer may be taken by firearms. See pages 27-28 in the 2017 Minnesota Hunting Regulation synopsis for more information. Have a safe hunt!