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Hunters need permit for antlerless deer in several permit areas in Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse counties

Deer hunters who use a firearm or muzzleloader in Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse counties and want to harvest an antlerless deer must apply for an either-sex permit by the Thursday, Sept. 10, deadline. Successful applicants will be drawn by lottery. This affects permit areas 213, 218, 270, 271, 272, 273, 275, 276, and 277.

Nearly half of Minnesota's 127 deer permit areas now are lottery areas, a significant increase from last year, said Kevin Kotts, Glenwood area wildlife manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). More permit areas were designated lottery areas in 2009 because deer populations in those areas are at or below deer population goals.

There are also changes in Deer Permit Area 275, south and west of Morris. This permit area is considered a Limited Youth Permit Area and no either-sex permits will be issued to adult firearms or muzzleloader hunters. In addition, archery licenses will be valid only for bucks in Deer Permit Area 275. Only youth hunters - ages 12 to 17 - may apply for a limited number of either-sex permits in Permit Area 275. Youth hunters must apply for a permit by the Sept. 10 deadline.

"Annually, we estimate deer numbers using a population model that considers harvest and over-winter survival," said Kotts. "We then use that information to designate lottery areas."

In lottery deer areas, firearms and muzzleloader hunters may only harvest a buck unless they apply for and receive an either-sex permit. Successful applicants may take an antlerless deer only in the designated lottery area and only during the season listed on the application.

"Unlike previous years, muzzleloader hunters must apply for a permit even if they don't hunt the regular firearms season," Kotts said. "If a hunter applies for and receives a permit for the muzzleloader season, for example, it's not valid during firearms season. And a firearm season permit is not valid during muzzleloader season."

Hunters may apply for an either-sex permit through any Electronic License System agent, via the DNR Web site or by calling toll free 888-665-4236. Lottery winners will receive permits via U.S. mail.

Bonus permits cannot be used in lottery deer areas, regardless of weapon type. Hunters who are unsuccessful in the lottery may only harvest a legal buck throughout the season in lottery deer areas.

Archery hunters may take a deer of either sex in a lottery area without applying for a permit.