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Observer/Advocate
P.O. Box 429
Mt. Lake, MN 56159
Phone: 507-427-2725
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Deer hunters in parts of Minnesota are going to have to adjust to some significant changes to the deer season this year.

Hunters in Southwest Minnesota, though, will not have to worry, as little is changing.

The DNR announced last week that deer seasons in parts of northern and eastern Minnesota would see much more conservative regulations, in attempts to boost the deer populations.

Local DNR Wildlife Manager Randy Markl noted that most of the areas affected are north of the St. Cloud area.

“There are a number of changes, but most of the areas affected are in Central Minnesota and points to the north,” Markl said. “A lot of permit areas are going from managed to lottery, or from managed or lottery to bucksonly.

Down here, we’re still in a lottery, with a slightly lower number of antlerless permits.”

Hunters will still have to submit their names for a lottery in order to obtain an either- sex deer permit. Markl indicated that the number of either-sex permits issues in Southwest Minnesota will also dip a bit this year.

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