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Applications available for Rydell National Wildlife Refuge youth deer hunt

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge will host a mentored youth deer hunt Oct. 29-30 for youth ages 12-15, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association.

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Rydell National Wildlife Refuge will host a mentored youth deer hunt Oct. 29-30 for youth ages 12-15.
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ERSKINE — Rydell National Wildlife Refuge will host a mentored youth deer hunt Oct. 29-30 for youth ages 12-15, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association.

"Rydell is the only NWR in Minnesota that offers this special "mentored" deer hunting opportunity," a release said.

A total of 15 children will be accepted in the hunt and be allowed to harvest up to three deer each, only one can be an antlered buck.

In order to hunt, attendees will be required to hunt with a parent, guardian or adult mentor and must attend a mandatory orientation session held from 10 to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Rydell NWR.

"During 2020 and 2021, this mentored youth hunt opportunity was modified to be more 'hands off' due to the pandemic," the release said. "Fortunately, we are planning to return to a more traditional hunt format this fall. This includes allowing the normal number of 15 youth hunters and having an in-person orientation."

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Interested participants must apply no later than Aug. 19. Applications can be completed at any DNR license agent or online at dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/deer/youth-deer-hunts by clicking “How to Apply” at the bottom of the page.

When applying for this hunting opportunity, note that the Rydell Refuge Hunt is number “957.”

For more information, contact Refuge Manager, Gregg Knutsen, at (218) 687-2229, (218) 686-4329 or gregg_knutsen@fws.gov.

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