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It's time to apply for antlerless deer, wolf permits

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ST. PAUL - Deer hunting licenses are now available for purchase. Hunters who want an either-sex deer or special hunt permit for the coming season must apply by Thursday, Sept. 6, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Hunters should carefully review the list of lottery areas because many of these permit areas have not been lottery areas for a significant period of time. Currently, 58 of the state's 127 permit areas are lottery areas.

Many of these areas, focused in the northwest, north central and a portion of northeast Minnesota, were designated lottery areas in response to hunter desire to see higher deer populations.

People can purchase a deer license and apply for the lottery or a special hunt at any DNR license agent, by telephone at 888-665-4236 or online. Lottery winners will be notified in October.

Hunters can apply for lottery deer areas and special hunts using both their firearm and muzzleloader licenses. Although a hunter can be selected for both licenses, successful applicants still can only take one deer. In the case of special hunts, a person may draw both a firearm and muzzleloader permit, in which case they must adhere to the bag limits established by each special hunt.

Lottery deer areas in 2012 include permit areas 103, 108, 110, 118, 119, 122, 169, 171, 172, 183, 184, 197, 199, 234, 235, 237, 238, 250, 251, 252, 253, 258, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 294, 295, 296, 297, 298 and 299.

Applications for Minnesota's first-ever regulated wolf hunting and trapping season are being taken through Thursday, Sept. 6.

Individuals may apply for only one license from three available options:

E Early season hunting, which runs from Nov. 3 through Nov.18 in all Series 100 areas and Nov. 3 through Nov. 11 in Series 200 areas located within the northwest wolf hunting zone.

E Late season hunting, which runs from Nov. 24 through Jan. 31, 2013, in all three wolf zones.

E Late season trapping, which runs from Nov. 24 through Jan. 31, 2013, in all three wolf zones.

Target harvests have been established in each of the hunting zones. If the target is achieved, hunting and trapping will be closed in that zone.

The statewide target harvest is 400 wolves, which includes all three wolf zones.

The lottery will award 3,600 licenses during the early season and 2,400 during the late season, at least 600 of which will be for trapping. Application can be made at any DNR license agent, via telephone at 888-665-4236 or online. There is a $4 application fee. All applicants must show proof of a current or previous hunting license.

Lottery winners will be notified. Licenses will go on sale by Monday, Oct. 15. Wolf licenses cost $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents.

The statewide bag limit is one wolf.

Lottery winners will receive a wolf hunting booklet with their notification.

Applications for Minnesota's first-ever regulated wolf hunting and trapping season are being taken through Thursday, Sept. 6.

Individuals may apply for only one license from three available options:

- Early season hunting, which runs from Nov. 3 through Nov.18 in all Series 100 areas and Nov. 3 through Nov. 11 in Series 200 areas located within the northwest wolf hunting zone.

- Late season hunting, which runs from Nov. 24 through Jan. 31, 2013, in all three wolf zones.

- Late season trapping, which runs from Nov. 24 through Jan. 31, 2013, in all three wolf zones.

Target harvests have been established in each of the hunting zones. If the target is achieved, hunting and trapping will be closed in that zone.

The statewide target harvest is 400 wolves, which includes all three wolf zones.

The lottery will award 3,600 licenses during the early season and 2,400 during the late season, at least 600 of which will be for trapping. Application can be made at any DNR license agent, via telephone at 888-665-4236 or online. There is a $4 application fee. All applicants must show proof of a current or previous hunting license.

Lottery winners will be notified. Licenses will go on sale by Monday, Oct. 15. Wolf licenses cost $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents.

The statewide bag limit is one wolf.

Lottery winners will receive a wolf hunting booklet with their notification.

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