Published August 12, 2012, 12:00 AM

Field reports: Minnesota deer licenses now on sale

Minnesota deer hunting licenses are now on sale, and hunters who want an either-sex deer or special hunt permit for the coming season need to apply for the lottery by Sept. 6.

By: Compiled by News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune

Minnesota deer hunting licenses are now on sale, and hunters who want an either-sex deer or special hunt permit for the coming season need to apply for the lottery by Sept. 6.

The Minnesota firearms deer season opens Nov. 3, and the muzzleloader season opens Nov. 24. The archery season opens Sept. 15.

People can purchase a deer license and apply for the lottery or a special hunt at any DNR license agent, by telephone at (888) 665-4236 or online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense. Lottery winners will be notified in October.

In the Northland, lottery deer areas for the 2012 season include permit areas 103, 108, 110, 118, 119, 122, 169, 171, 172, 183, 184, 197 and 199. For maps and a complete list of lottery zones statewide, and for more information about deer hunting rules and regulations in Minnesota, go to www.mndnr.gov/hunting/deer.

  • Hunters have less than a week to apply for the 2012 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley, near Little Falls, Minn., which are set for Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 27-28. Each hunt has 2,500 permits available. The deadline to apply is Friday. For more information about the hunt, its regulations and how to apply, go to www.mndnr.gov/hunting/deer or call (888) 665-4236. There is a fee to apply.

    Minnesota wolf lottery deadline is Sept. 6

    The application period for Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season opened last week and continues through Sept. 6, the DNR reported.

    Hunters and trappers may apply for one license from the three available options:

  • Early season hunting, from Nov. 3-18 in Northeastern Minnesota’s 100-series deer-permit areas and from Nov. 3-11 in the 200-series deer-permit areas of the northwestern Minnesota wolf-hunting zone.

  • Late-season hunting, from Nov. 24-Jan. 31 in all three wolf-hunting zones.

  • Late-season trapping, from Nov. 24-Jan. 31 in all three wolf-hunting zones.

    The lottery will award 3,600 licenses for the early season and 2,400 for the late season, at least 600 of which will be for trapping. Lottery applications can be made at any DNR license agent, by phone at (888) 665-4236 or online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense. There is a $4 application fee. All applicants must show proof of a current or previous hunting license.

    After lottery winners are notified, licenses will go on sale by Oct. 15. Wolf licenses will cost $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents. The statewide bag limit is one wolf.

    For more information on wolves in Minnesota, go to www.mndnr.gov/wolves.

    Wisconsin waterfowl hunting seasons set

    Wisconsin will have a 60-day duck season with a six-duck daily bag and an extended exterior Canada goose zone season of 92 days, the state Department of Natural Resources announced last week.

    “Despite this year’s unusual weather patterns Wisconsin waterfowl hunters can expect a good season,” Kent Van Horn, DNR waterfowl ecologist, said in a news release.

    The duck season will open at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 in the Northern Zone and continue through Nov. 25, with the exception of a closure from Nov. 5-9.

    The six-duck total may include no more than four mallards, of which only one can be a hen; three wood ducks; two redheads; one black duck; two pintail; four scaup; and one canvasback. For duck species not listed, such as teal and ring-necked ducks, the combined total with all other species cannot exceed six ducks.

    Canada geese

    Wisconsin’s exterior Canada goose zone season has increased from 85 days to 92 days this year. That, combined with the early season, brings the state to a total of 107 days of goose hunting, the maximum allowed under federal guidelines.

    The state is split into two goose hunting zones: Horicon and Exterior. The Exterior Zone is divided into north and south, and there’s a Mississippi River goose management subzone within the Exterior Zone.

  • Early season, Sept. 1-15, daily bag of five Canada geese

  • Regular season, Exterior Zone – North Zone, Sept. 16-Nov. 4 and Nov. 10-Dec. 21, daily bag of two Canada geese.

    The youth waterfowl hunt will be Sept. 15-16. Youth can harvest Canada geese in all zones during these two days, but should note that the first day is part of the early season, while the second day is in the regular season. All bag limits and tag requirements apply for the zone and season hunted.

    Other Geese

    Brant and light geese seasons will be the same as for the Canada goose zones/subzones. The daily bag limit will be one brant and 20 snow, blue or Ross’ geese. White-fronted geese season will be slightly different — in the northern part of the Exterior Zone, from Sept. 20-Nov. 4 and Nov. 10-Dec. 21. The daily bag limit will be one.

    For more information on waterfowl hunting rules, regulations and season dates for other zones, go to dnr.wi.gov and search for “waterfowl.”

    New fishing, boating option for seniors

    The Duluth-area chapter of Let’s Go Fishing With Seniors will start offering fishing and boating excursions this week on Fish Lake, north of Duluth.

    The trips will leave from the dock at Max’s Marina, formerly Blue Max, on Lavaque Road.

    The excursions are offered to seniors and disabled veterans, among others. Trips are pretty well booked up through fall, board member Kathy Anderson said. But you can call her at 349-4739, or go to the group’s website at www.lgfws

    duluth.com, for more information.

    Minnesota deer hunting licenses are now on sale, and hunters who want an either-sex deer or special hunt permit for the coming season need to apply for the lottery by Sept. 6.

    The Minnesota firearms deer season opens Nov. 3, and the muzzleloader season opens Nov. 24. The archery season opens Sept. 15.

    People can purchase a deer license and apply for the lottery or a special hunt at any DNR license agent, by telephone at (888) 665-4236 or online at www.mndnr.gov/

    buyalicense. Lottery winners will be notified in October.

    In the Northland, lottery deer areas for the 2012 season include permit areas 103, 108, 110, 118, 119, 122, 169, 171, 172, 183, 184, 197 and 199. For maps and a complete list of lottery zones statewide, and for more information about deer hunting rules and regulations in Minnesota, go to www.mndnr.

    gov/hunting/deer.

    * Hunters have less than a week to apply for the 2012 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley, near Little Falls, Minn., which are set for Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 27-28. Each hunt has 2,500 permits available. The deadline to apply is Friday. For more information about the hunt, its regulations and how to apply, go to www.mndnr.gov/

    hunting/deer or call (888) 665-4236. There is a fee to apply.

    Minnesota wolf lottery deadline is Sept. 6

    The application period for Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season opened last week and continues through Sept. 6, the DNR reported.

    Hunters and trappers may apply for one license from the three available options:

    * Early season hunting, from Nov. 3-18 in Northeastern Minnesota’s 100-series deer-permit areas and from Nov. 3-11 in the 200-series deer-permit areas of the northwestern Minnesota wolf-hunting zone.

    * Late-season hunting, from Nov. 24-Jan. 31 in all three wolf-hunting zones.

    * Late-season trapping, from Nov. 24-Jan. 31 in all three wolf-hunting zones.

    The lottery will award 3,600 licenses for the early season and 2,400 for the late season, at least 600 of which will be for trapping. Lottery applications can be made at any DNR license agent, by phone at (888) 665-4236 or online at www.mndnr.gov/

    buyalicense. There is a $4 application fee. All applicants must show proof of a current or previous hunting license.

    After lottery winners are notified, licenses will go on sale by Oct. 15. Wolf licenses will cost $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents. The statewide bag limit is one wolf.

    For more information on wolves in Minnesota, go to www.mndnr.gov/wolves.

    Wisconsin waterfowl hunting seasons set

    Wisconsin will have a 60-day duck season with a six-duck daily bag and an extended exterior Canada goose zone season of 92 days, the state Department of Natural Resources announced last week.

    “Despite this year’s unusual weather patterns Wisconsin waterfowl hunters can expect a good season,” Kent Van Horn, DNR waterfowl ecologist, said in a news release.

    The duck season will open at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 in the Northern Zone and continue through Nov. 25, with the exception of a closure from Nov. 5-9.

    The six-duck total may include no more than four mallards, of which only one can be a hen; three wood ducks; two redheads; one black duck; two pintail; four scaup; and one canvasback. For duck species not listed, such as teal and ring-necked ducks, the combined total with all other species cannot exceed six ducks.

    Canada geese

    Wisconsin’s exterior Canada goose zone season has increased from 85 days to 92 days this year. That, combined with the early season, brings the state to a total of 107 days of goose hunting, the maximum allowed under federal guidelines.

    The state is split into two goose hunting zones: Horicon and Exterior. The Exterior Zone is divided into north and south, and there’s a Mississippi River goose management subzone within the Exterior Zone.

    * Early season, Sept. 1-15, daily bag of five Canada geese

    * Regular season, Exterior Zone – North Zone, Sept. 16-Nov. 4 and Nov. 10-Dec. 21, daily bag of two Canada geese.

    The youth waterfowl hunt will be Sept. 15-16. Youth can harvest Canada geese in all zones during these two days, but should note that the first day is part of the early season, while the second day is in the regular season. All bag limits and tag requirements apply for the zone and season hunted.

    Other Geese

    Brant and light geese seasons will be the same as for the Canada goose zones/subzones. The daily bag limit will be one brant and 20 snow, blue or Ross’ geese. White-fronted geese season will be slightly different — in the northern part of the Exterior Zone, from Sept. 20-Nov. 4 and Nov. 10-Dec. 21. The daily bag limit will be one.

    For more information on waterfowl hunting rules, regulations and season dates for other zones, go to dnr.wi.gov and search for “waterfowl.”

    New fishing, boating option for seniors

    The Duluth-area chapter of Let’s Go Fishing With Seniors will start offering fishing and boating excursions this week on Fish Lake, north of Duluth.

    The trips will leave from the dock at Max’s Marina, formerly Blue Max, on Lavaque Road.

    The excursions are offered to seniors and disabled veterans, among others. Trips are pretty well booked up through fall, board member Kathy Anderson said. But you can call her at 349-4739, or go to the group’s website at www.lgfws

    duluth.com, for more information.

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