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Deer hunters urged to buy license early

With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any system issues associated with the high sales volume.

Minnesota's 2011 firearms deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 5.

Deer licenses can be purchased for $27 at DNR license agents across Minnesota, by phone at 888-665-4236 or online. There are additional fees for telephone and Internet transactions, which individuals should check prior to buying their license. Hunters who purchase licenses by phone and Internet will receive their deer tags by mail, which can take five to 10 business days to arrive.

The Information Center and License Center at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul, will work extended hours on opening weekend to handle additional phone calls from deer hunters. Phone lines will be open on Friday, Nov. 4, until 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon.

License questions should be directed to the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free at 888-646-6367.