The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications between July 1 – Aug. 16 for the 2013 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Because of military training needs, the dates for this year’s hunts are being held about a week later than usual.
Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons, Oct. 26-27 (Sat.-Sun., code 668) or Nov. 2-3 (Sat.-Sun., code 669). A total of 5,000 permits, 2,500 per two-day hunt, will be made available. Successful applicants must purchase a valid archery license at least two days before their hunt to participate. The bag limit is two and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer. Additional rules and instructions for this year’s hunt can be found on DNR’s deer hunting Web page.
Hunters may choose from four options to apply for the Camp Ripley archery hunts:
Through the DNR’s computerized Electronic Licensing System (ELS) at any one of 1,500 ELS agents located throughout Minnesota. By telephone at 888-665-4236. Through DNR’s Internet licensing link at www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/index.html. At DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. The application fee is $12 per applicant. Those who apply by phone or Internet will be charged an additional convenience fee of 3 percent ($0.36) per transaction.
To apply, resident hunters 21 and older must provide a valid state driver’s license or public safety identification number. Residents under 21 may also provide a DNR firearms safety training number to apply. Nonresident hunters must apply using a valid driver’s license number, public safety identification number, or MDNR customer number from a recent Minnesota hunting or fishing license.
All applicants must be at least 10 years old prior to the hunt they apply for. To obtain a license to hunt or trap in Minnesota, anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, must have a firearms safety certificate or other evidence of successfully completing a hunter safety course.
Hunters may apply as individuals or as a group, up to four individuals. Group members may only apply for the same two-day season. The first group applicant must specify “Create New Group” when asked, and will receive a group number. Subsequent group applicants must specify they want to “Join an Existing Group” and must use the same group number supplied to the first group applicant.
The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt with the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation.