Each year that you apply for a lottery antlerless permit or a special deer hunt [such as a state park hunt] and don’t get drawn, you earn one preference point. You continue to earn points each year that you apply without being drawn, and once you are drawn for permit, you start over at level 1. Keep in mind, you can earn separate preference points for firearm, archery and muzzleloader seasons.
When we conduct our random drawings for lottery permits, we draw first from a pool of those with the most preference points. Then, if there are still permits left, we draw from the next highest preference pool of applicants and so on until all the permits are issued.
If you were drawn for a lottery permit this year, you should have received your permit in the mail by Oct. 16. You can also check to see whether you were drawn by visiting the DNR’s deer lottery Web page at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/lotteries/antlerless.html. Ron Kullmann, DNR License Center.
Deer hunters are reminded about changes in 2015 that affect when licenses purchased after a season is open are valid. A deer hunting license purchased after a season is open is valid the same day of purchase if purchased prior to legal shooting hours. If the license is purchased after legal shooting hours, then the license is valid the following day.
“The language is unclear in the 2015 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping regulations Handbook about when deer hunting licenses are valid, so we want to elaborate on this,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations manager. What changed from last year? Last year, hunters needed to wait two days to hunt if they bought a deer license after a season opened. Also, there was no ability to buy a license before shooting hours and hunt that same day.
Deer licenses can be purchased at DNR license agents across Minnesota, by phone at 888-665-4236 or online at http://www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense. For lists of license agents in each Minnesota county, see http://www.mndnr.gov/licenses/agents.html. There are additional fees for telephone and Internet transactions. Hunters who purchase licenses by phone and Internet will receive their deer license and tags by mail, which can take three to five business days to arrive, so hunters who choose these options should allow enough time for delivery. Hunters must have a valid deer license and tag in their possession when hunting deer. Hunters need to be familiar with deer hunting regulations, which are available at any DNR license agent or online at http://www.mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting.
Just posted the latest sausage I made. Smoked Polish with some heat. I tend to make more smoked sausage from fall through winter and then when spring comes around I tend to make more fresh sausage for the grill. In my Homemade Sausage page I have many other sausage recipe’s as well. Most of these Polish will go to deer camp to be eaten and given away to the boy’s up north. Give these a try!!!
The step by steps and recipe is in the Homemade Sausage page.
The Mahnomen County Attorney’s Office has filed two misdemeanor charges against a Moorhead boater following an investigation by the DNR. Steven William Timm, 55, allegedly used a pontoon to chase a large buck that was swimming tulaby Lake in Mahnomen County on Sept. 6, causing the deer to swim further out into the lake and eventually drown.
Timm is charged with one count of animal cruelty and one count of prohibited use of a motor vehicle to chase wild animals. Each carries a maximum fine of $1,000, 90 days in jail or both if convicted. Using a motor vehicle to chase, run, or kill a wild animal is illegal with a citation issued and restitution for illegally taken animal. A deer has a $500 restitution value, and the restitution is $1,000 if the animal is a trophy animal.
A state conservation officer was called by a citizen who witnessed Timm drive the pontoon between the deer and shoreline preventing the animal from reaching safety. The witness drove his pontoon to Timm’s location and asked why Timm had done it, but Timm responded, “What do you think I am a deer killer?”. The officer later talked to Timm who said he noticed something in the water, drove his pontoon there to investigate, and attempted to turn the deer back to shore, but the animal swam further out into the lake.
According to the DNR, an interaction that may seem harmless and innocent may ultimately have serious consequence for deer and other wildlife. ” As the state’s wildlife management agency, we have a responsibility to protect the wildlife resource,” said Col. Ken Soring, DNR enforcement director. “Chasing wildlife with any type of motorized vehicle is unacceptable.” Timm is scheduled to appear in Mahnomen County Court on Oct. 29. Report game and fish violations to the TIP hotline at 800-652-9093. Cell phone users can dial #TIP. Informants can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.