Minnesota hunters who hope to harvest an antlerless deer this fall will want to review 2009 regulations prior to Thursday, Sept. 10, the deadline to apply for an antlerless permit.

That's because over-the-counter antlerless permits have been cut back significantly this hunting season, especially in portions of northern and southwestern Minnesota.

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This means many hunters who typically have not had to apply for an antlerless permit will need to do so this hunting season.

"Nearly half of Minnesota's 127 deer permit areas are designated a 'lottery' this year," said Lou Cornicelli, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources big game specialist.

"We encourage all deer hunters, no matter if they hunt with a firearm, bow or muzzleloader, to determine the status of their hunting area now so that it doesn't come as a surprise to them after the Sept. 10 permit application deadline."

The other significant change is that muzzleloader hunters must apply for an either-sex permit if they want to harvest an antlerless deer in a lottery area. Unlike previous years, there is no exemption for a person who only hunts the muzzleloader season.

Detailed information about licenses and permit requirements is available in the 2009 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Booklet and at http://mndnr.gov/deer.