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Aug. 14 deadline for 2009 Camp Ripley archery hunts

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

-- Hunters interested in the 2009 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls are reminded that the Aug. 14 application deadline is fast approaching. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began accepting applications for the hunts on July 1.

The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt with the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation

Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons, Oct. 15-16 (code 668 on the application) or Oct. 31-Nov. 1 (code 669). A total of 5,000 permits (2,500 per two-day hunt) are available. Hunters may choose from four application options this year. They may apply:

--In person at any of the DNR’s 1,800 Electronic Licensing System agents
--By telephone at 1(888) 665-4236
--On internet licensing link at
--At the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul

The fee is $8 per applicant. Those who apply by phone or Internet will be charged an additional convenience fee of $3.50 per transaction.

To apply, resident and non-resident hunters will need one of the following: a valid state driver’s license or state-issued identification card with current address; a firearms safety certificate number; or a Minnesota DNR number found on a recent Minnesota fishing and hunting license.

If nonresidents use their Minnesota DNR number to apply, they must use the number from the last time they applied in order to retain preference already accrued.

Residents must be at least 10 years old and nonresidents at least 12 years old prior to the hunt for which they are applying. In addition, any applicant born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, must have a firearms safety certificate, a previous hunting license, or other evidence of successfully completing a hunter safety course.

Hunters may apply as individuals or as a group of up to four individuals. Group members may only apply for the same two-day season. The first group applicant must specify “Create New Group” when asked, and will receive a group number to give to others who will “Join the Existing Group.”

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