From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
-- Firearm and muzzleloader hunters who were unsuccessful in this year’s lottery for an either-sex deer permit or did not apply can obtain free leftover permits beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 12, from any Electronic License System (ELS) agent or online.
To pick up a permit, a hunter must either currently possess or purchase a license valid for either the firearm season (option A or B) or the muzzleloader season. There is no additional cost for the permit but a $3.50 fee will be charged for online purchases from www.mndnr.gov/licenses/hunting.Individuals can only have one permit, which is valid for the area they select. The permit will allow an individual to take one antlerless deer in that deer area only.
Hunters who were selected in the lottery cannot obtain a leftover permit. A leftover permit allows an individual to take a deer of either sex in that permit area. It is not a permit for an extra deer.
In lottery deer areas, firearm and muzzleloader license holders who intend to take an antlerless deer must possess an either-sex permit; otherwise, they are restricted to hunting bucks. The total bag limit for deer in lottery areas is one deer per year.
Leftover antlerless deer permits are available in the following permit areas. The number of permits available in each area are listed in parenthesis.
Firearms season permits: 122A (97); 219A (46); 223A (248); 224A (70); 229A (552); 232A (98); 233A (301); 239A (2,838); 249A (303); 254A (122); 344B (56). Muzzleloader season permits: 122 (2); 219 (5); 223 (16); 224 (1); 229 (58); 232 (13); 233 (45); 239 (159); 249 (11); 254 (16); 344 (11).
Surplus deer permits are available for some state parks beginning Oct. 12 by contacting a park’s manager. Parks with surplus permits are Great Rivers Bluff with 23; Hayes Lake with 41; and Tettegouche with 46.
The DNR License Center and Information Center will be open until 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12. For more information, call (651)296-6157 or (888)646-6367.