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DNR releases 2019 deer hunting regulations

DNR releases 2019 deer hunting regulations Photo: KSTP

Updated: July 30, 2019 09:56 AM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says hunters can start planning for significant changes to deer season regulations. The changes include an expanded youth deer season, expanded deer feeding and attractant bans, and other updates related to managing chronic wasting disease (CWD).

The 2019 regulations handbook is available on the DNR's website, and hunting licenses will go on sale starting Thursday.

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According to the DNR, the statewide youth season will run from October 17-20 for hunters ages 10-17. In the past, the youth season was only available in the southeast, northwest and Twin Cities metro permit areas.

The DNR also said the area where deer feeding and using deer attractants is prohibited will expand starting September 1 in areas of central and southeast Minnesota where CWD was detected. Feeding and attractants increase the risk of disease transmission, the department said.

Changes to deer permit area numbering will also clarify where CWD management and surveillance occurs. The DNR said permit areas withing a CWD management zone will be part of a 600-series permit area.

You can find more information about all of the regulation changes on the DNR website.

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