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Youth deer hunt to be held at Itasca

Itasca State Park is hosting a Special Youth Deer Hunt for the first time this fall. The hunt will be held October 17-18, 2009. Participation is limited to youth ages 12-15, with a Firearms Safety Certificate. Youth hunters must be accompanied at all times by a non-hunting adult and must take and tag their own deer. Applications for the Special Youth Deer Hunts will be accepted at any DNR Electronic License System (ELS) vendor or at the DNR License Center in St. Paul.  The deadline for applications is Aug. 14. Successful applicants will be notified in early September. 

There is no fee to apply, although successful applicants will have to purchase a deer-hunting license prior to their hunt. The youth individual firearms licenses cost $13 each. Participants must attend one orientation session on October 10 or 16  at Itasca State Park. More information and specific details about the special youth deer hunts is available on the hunter recruitment and retention section of the DNR Web site at