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MN deer licenses on sale Aug. 1

Minnesota hunters will be able to purchase 2011 deer licenses starting Monday, Aug. 1, the same day the state's hunting regulation booklet is available online at Booklets will be available in mid-August.

This year's archery season opens Saturday, Sept. 17. The general firearms season opens Saturday, Nov. 5. The deadline for lottery permit applications is Thursday, Sept. 8.

"We're looking forward to another good season," said Lou Cornicelli, big game program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "Deer populations are at or near goals throughout much of the state."

Cornicelli said hunters will discover several new regulations for the upcoming deer season.

Significant changes for 2011:

• A new CWD management area, called Deer Area 602, has been established in southeastern Minnesota surrounding the area where a CWD positive deer was detected last fall. The new CWD management area will feature a 23-day firearm season.

• A new "hunter choice" deer management designation has been established that will allow hunters in certain areas to take one either-sex deer per year in one of these areas. These areas function like lottery areas, with the difference being hunters do not need to make a lottery application or possess an either sex permit to take an antlerless deer. In hunter choice areas, the license is automatically valid for an either-sex deer.

• Bonus permits are not allowed. If a deer is taken in one hunter choice area, a hunter cannot take another deer in another hunter choice or lottery deer area. Overall, 30 percent of Minnesota's 127 deer permit areas are designated hunter choice this year.

Additional information about the 2011 deer season can be found at