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Temporary hunting rules to become permanent

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments on hunting regulations until 4:30 p.m. March 20.

Proposals cover areas pertaining to deer registration; deer, bear elk and moose hunter selection; and deer, elk, wild turkey and prairie chicken area designation.

"The majority of these temporary rules have been in effect for the past several hunting seasons," said Jason Abraham, DNR season setting specialist. "We are completing the process to make these rules permanent."

One new rule would allow bear hunters to accumulate preference points during years they don't wish to hunt by applying for a "preference only" zone.

A copy of the proposed rules will be published in the State Register and is available online at as well as on the DNR Web site

Among the rules that will be made permanent are:

  • Registration of deer
  • Seasons and zones for taking deer by archery
  • Zone descriptions
  • Arms use areas and restrictions
  • Taking deer using disease management permits
  • Bear permit procedures
  • Application procedures for a moose license
  • Moose zones
  • General regulations for taking elk
  • Elk license application procedure
  • Elk zones


  • Registration blocks
  • Wild turkey permit area descriptions
  • Prairie chicken permit area descriptions
  • Taking geese and brant in the west goose zone.

    Written comments supporting or opposing the rule changes will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. March 20.

    Individuals may send comments to: Jason Abraham, Box 20, Minnesota DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020; or by e-mail to

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