Hunters making plans for upcoming seasons can get scouting and other services from Minnesota DNR digital tools. “Hunters have access to maps and aerial photos that can help in finding new hunting opportunities,” said Jay Johnson, huntrer recruitment and retention supervisor, “They can buy hunting licenses online including with a mobile phone, check hunting regulations or, after seasons open, go online to register a deer they harvested.”
In addition to registering a deer online, hunters can also go online to register a bear, wolf or turkey. While studying maps will rarely beat time spent outdoors hunting or scouting hunting land, these and other tools can help in planning routes to and from a deer stand, seeing terrain features and getting a better sense of an area.
The DNR Recreation Compass at http://www.mndnr.gov/compass.html includes everything from state forests to waterfowl production areas to Walk-In Access sites. Deer hunters can see the boundaries of deer permit areas and zoom in to see how permit area boundaries relate to where they hunt. The site also includes a mobile version. Hunter walking trails provide access to grouse and other small game huntin, with information at http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/hwt.
At http://www.mndnr.gov/wmas, learn more about Minnesota’s more than 1,500 wildlife management areas [WMA] that include a total of more than 1.3 million acres managed as WMA’s. These areas are open to public hunting and trapping, as well as other uses such as hiking, wildlife watching and cross country skiing. Maps allow users to search by county for WMA’s. For each WMA, users can see what types of hunting area allowed, read reports on habitat management, and view maps that show locations of water and different types of trees or vegetation. A number of other mapping tools can be used. An index of some of them is at http://www.mndnr.gov/maps.
The DNR’s hunting pages can be found through http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting, which links to a grouse hunting page at http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/grouse, a waterfowl hunting page at http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl, and a deer hunting page at http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/deer. Deer management information can be found at http://www.mndnr.gov/deer, which includes information about upcoming deer population goal setting. Hunting regulations can be found at http://www.mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting.
Minnesota residents and non-residents interested in hunting can purchase licenses online at http://www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense. The site also includes online harvest registration, vehicle and boat renewal, and safety training certification.