Minnesota Deer Hunting
State DNR Office
Hunting Regs - Federal
DNR announces deer zone boundary changes
Deer zones in central Minnesota will better reflect
habitat and deer population goals under a boundary
realignment announced this week by the Department of
Natural Resources (DNR).
The boundary changes were proposed and discussed at
seven public meetings held throughout the state this
winter. The DNR also took written comments on the
"We received great input from our deer hunters," said
Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game program coordinator. "These
changes will help us improve management of Minnesota's
last time zones were changed in central Minnesota was
1978 and deer habitat and populations have changed
Changes for 2006 are:
Shift permit areas 410, 411, 413, 414, 415, 419 and 429
into Zone 2. Firearms hunters in these areas will now be
able to harvest a deer of either sex throughout the
nine-day season with a regular Zone 2 firearms license.
Previously, many hunters in this area purchased
multi-zone buck and bonus permits to hunt the entire
Zone 4 season structure. Those same hunters will now be
able to hunt the whole season for just the price of a
regular deer license.
The following boundary changes were made to align zones
between the agricultural and forested portions of the
- Permit areas 417 and 418 will be split along Highway
55. The northern portion will be placed in Zone 2 and
the southern portion will remain in Zone 4.
- Permit area 412 will be split along I-94. The northern
portion will become part of the new permit area 413 and
be placed in zone 2. The southern portion will remain in
Deer season changes will be included in the 2006 Hunting
Regulations, available this summer wherever hunting and
fishing licenses are sold.
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