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97B.301 Deer licenses and limits.

Subdivision 1. Licenses required. A person may not take deer without a license. A person must have a firearms deer license to take deer with firearms and an archery deer license to take deer by archery except as provided in this section.

Subd. 2. Limit of one deer. Except as provided in subdivisions 3 and 4, a person may obtain one firearms deer license and one archery deer license in the same license year, but may take only one deer.

Subd. 3. Party hunting. If two or more persons with licenses to take deer by firearms, or two or more persons with licenses to take deer by archery, are hunting as a party, a member of the party may take more than one deer, but the total number of deer taken by the party may not exceed the number of persons licensed to take deer in the party.

Subd. 4. Taking more than one deer. (a) The commissioner may, by rule, allow a person to take more than one deer. The commissioner shall prescribe the conditions for taking the additional deer including:

(1) taking by firearm or archery;

(2) obtaining additional licenses; and

(3) payment of a fee not more than the fee for a firearms deer license; and

(4) the total number of deer that an individual may take.

(b) In Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Pennington, and Roseau Counties, a person may obtain one firearms deer license and one archery deer license in the same license year, and may take one deer under each license. The commissioner may limit the use of this provision in certain years to protect the deer population in the area.

Subd. 5. Repealed, 1995 c 220 s 141; 1Sp1995 c 1 s 48

Subd. 6. Residents under age 18 may take deer of either sex. A resident under the age of 18 may take a deer of either sex except in those antlerless permit areas and seasons where no antlerless permits are offered. In antlerless permit areas where no antlerless permits are offered, the commissioner may provide a limited number of youth either sex permits to residents under age 18, under the procedures provided in section 97B.305, and may give preference to residents under the age of 18 that have not previously been selected. This subdivision does not authorize the taking of an antlerless deer by another member of a party under subdivision 3.

Subd. 7. All season deer license. (a) A resident may obtain an all season deer license. This license authorizes the resident to take one buck by firearm or archery during any season statewide. In addition, a resident obtaining this license may take one antlerless deer:

(1) by firearms in the regular firearms season if the resident first obtains an antlerless deer permit or if the resident takes the antlerless deer in an area where the commissioner has authorized taking a deer of either sex without an antlerless permit;

(2) by archery in the archery season; or

(3) by muzzleloader in the muzzleloader season.

(b) The commissioner shall issue one tag for a buck and one tag for an antlerless deer when issuing a license under this subdivision.

HIST: 1986 c 386 art 2 s 26; 1987 c 35 s 1; 1989 c 335 art 1 s 125; 1991 c 259 s 23; 1993 c 269 s 16,17; 1993 c 310 s 6; 1994 c 465 art 3 s 67; 1995 c 32 s 1; 1997 c 226 s 32; 2000 c 341 s 10; 2000 c 473 s 11; 2000 c 495 s 39; 2002 c 351 s 17; 2004 c 215 s 21,22