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Subd. 5.[Repealed, 1995 c 220 s 141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
, 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 that
authorizes the resident to hunt during the archery, regular firearms, and muzzle-loader seasons. The
all season license is valid for taking three deer, no more than one of which may be a legal buck.
(b) The all season deer license is valid for taking antlerless deer as follows:
(1) up to two antlerless deer may be taken during the archery or muzzle-loader seasons in
any open area or during the regular firearms season in managed or intensive deer areas; and
(2) one antlerless deer may be taken during the regular firearms season in a lottery deer area,
only with an either-sex permit or statutory exemption from an either-sex permit.
(c) The commissioner shall issue three tags when issuing a license under this subdivision.
History: 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; 2006 c 281 art 2 s 38