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Surplus permits available for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters who missed the lottery deadline for the Camp Ripley archery deer hunt can purchase surplus permits on a first-come first-served basis beginning noon on Friday, Sept. 16. Hunters who already received a permit will not be allowed to purchase a surplus permit.

A total of 1,081 permits remain for the first hunt which runs Thursday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Oct. 21, while 257 permits remain for the second hunt which runs Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30. A person may only purchase a permit for one of the hunts.

Hunters can purchase a surplus permit at any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources license agent or online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense. Permits will remain on-sale as long as they are available, or until Friday, Oct. 7. The cost of the permit is $12.

“The DNR appreciates the role hunters play in the management of deer and other natural resources on Camp Ripley,” said Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife populations program manager.

Hunters will need to use surplus permit code 677 and then choose from one of the two hunt dates: Oct. 20-21 (Thursday and Friday, code 668) or Oct. 29-30 (Saturday and Sunday, code 669). Successful applicants will receive a hunt packet in the mail, which includes a notice that is required to enter Camp Ripley.

The bag limit for this year’s hunt is one deer. Hunters must use their regular archery license, which is valid for either sex. Bonus permits cannot be used. Additional rules and instructions are available on the DNR deer hunting webpage at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/deer.

The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt in collaboration with the Department of Military Affairs and the Central Lakes College Natural Resources Department.