The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications between July 1 – Aug. 16 for the 2013 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Because of military training needs, the dates for this year’s hunts are being held about a week later than usual.
Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons, Oct. 26-27 (Sat.-Sun., code 668) or Nov. 2-3 (Sat.-Sun., code 669). A total of 5,000 permits, 2,500 per two-day hunt, will be made available. Successful applicants must purchase a valid archery license at least two days before their hunt to participate. The bag limit is two and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer. Additional rules and instructions for this year’s hunt can be found on DNR’s deer hunting Web page.
Hunters may choose from four options to apply for the Camp Ripley archery hunts: Through the DNR’s computerized Electronic Licensing System (ELS) at any one of 1,500 ELS agents located throughout Minnesota; By telephone (888-665-4236); at www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/index.html; Or at DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. The application fee is $12 per applicant.
To apply, resident hunters 21 and older must provide a valid state driver’s license or public safety identification number. Residents under 21 may also provide a DNR firearms safety training number to apply. All applicants must be at least 10 years old prior to the hunt to which they apply.