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Special archery deer hunt begins in East Minnesota River Refuge

A special archery deer hunt opens Saturday, Sept. 15 in the East Minnesota River Refuge, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The refuge is located in Blue Earth and Le Sueur counties along the east bank of the Minnesota River. It is open to archery hunting until Dec. 31 for taking antlerless deer and legal bucks. Deer hunters are allowed a bag limit of two deer (1 buck and 1 antlerless deer, or 2 antlerless deer). Hunters cannot exceed the statewide limit of 1 buck.

Hunter registration or application is required prior to hunting. The purpose is to assist in the tracking of the deer harvest and deer population in the refuge.

Also unique to this hunt: The entire hunting zone is on private land. That makes it important for hunters to request landowner permission before hunting the area. Trespassing is a misdemeanor, and could cost hunters their license to hunt. All conservation and peace officers enforce trespass laws.

Additional information:

The number of permits to be issued is not limited, but hunters must apply before hunting.

There is no fee for this permit application.

This is special hunt area 991. More information and application information can be found on pages 98 and 109 of the 2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook.

Harvesting deer of either sex is permitted.

The Kasota Prairie Scientific and Natural Area is not open to public hunting.

This hunt has no total quota in 2018.

More information is available by calling the DNR’s Nicollet area wildlife office at 507-225-3572. It’s also available at mndnr.gov/hunting.