Minnesota takes protecting its wildlife seriously, and if you fail to follow the state’s deer hunting regulations this fall, you may face serious fines, license revocations and other penalties that may prevent you from enjoying the activities you love. Joseph F. Friedberg Chartered is well-versed in the state and federal regulations governing hunting, trapping and fishing in Minnesota, and he has helped many clients navigate through complex legal issues relating to hunting, fishing and wildlife protection.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has enacted a number of new deer hunting regulations ahead of the 2017 season, and learning and understanding these new regulations can help you avoid running afoul of the law. This year, Minnesota’s deer permit boundaries in the northeast have changed, and the state has also enacted some new guidelines to address the chronic wasting disease that is becoming increasing common within the state’s deer population.
You may no longer feed deer in prohibited areas where wasting disease is an issue, and this includes portions of Cass, Mille Lacs and Renville counties and Aitkin, Crow Wing, Kandiyohi, McCleod, Meeker, Morrison, Stearns and Wright counties in their entireties. You are also prohibited from using deer feed or other attractants in certain southeastern areas of the state, among them Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted and Winona counties.
There is also a new, three-bag limit for deer hunting within intensive management areas. In managed deer areas, there remains a two-deer-per-bag limit. More about Minnesota’s fish and game violations and penalties is available on our web page.