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Permits still available for Lake Bemidji State Park youth deer hunt

Permits are still available for the youth hunt at Lake Bemidji State Park set for Oct. 21-23.

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Permits are still available for the youth hunt at Lake Bemidji State Park set for Oct. 21-23 for those ages 12 to 15.
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BEMIDJI — Permits are still available for the youth hunt at Lake Bemidji State Park on Oct. 21 through 23.

This firearms hunt is open to interested participants ages 12 to 15 and they must be accompanied by an adult mentor over the age of 18. Mentors need parental approval and may not carry firearms themselves.

The youth hunter must have a Firearms Safety Certificate and purchase a youth hunt license. The hunt is either sex with a bag limit of two.

Participating in the youth hunt does not prevent them from hunting in the regular season, although harvested deer do count against the youth’s annual bag limit.

As a new rule this year, hunters may only possess and use non-toxic ammunition when participating in a special hunt in Minnesota state parks. More details can be found in the 2022 Hunting Regulations booklet.


Youth hunters interested in participating in the hunt must call the park at (218) 308-2300 and provide the following information: first name, middle name, last name, street address, city, state, zip, phone; age on Oct. 21; and the name of an adult mentor.

A mandatory orientation will be held in the Visitor Center at Lake Bemidji State Park at 6 p.m. on Oct. 20.

Camping is available at the park. The bathrooms will be closed for the season, but vault toilets and water are available. Camping is $24 nonelectric and $34 electric per site. Four camper cabins are also available at $85 per night and reservations are required.

State park permits are $7 daily or $35 for the year and are required to park in any designated area of the park while hunting.

For more information call Lake Bemidji State Park assistant manager Shannon Bungart at (218) 308-2329.

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