DNR encourages hunters to register early

With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume. Licenses are now available.

The 2014 Minnesota firearms deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 8.

Buying now beats buying later as last year we sold more than 150,000 licenses on the Thursday and Friday before the firearms season, said Steve Michaels, DNR licensing program director. A lot of those folks end up standing in lines who didnt need to be.

Deer licenses can be purchased by Minnesota resident adults for $30 at DNR license agents across Minnesota, by phone at 888-665-4236 or online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense. There are additional fees for telephone and Internet transactions.

Hunters who purchase licenses by phone and Internet will receive their deer license and tags by mail, which can take three to five business days to arrive.

Hunters must have a valid deer license and tag in their possession when hunting deer.

The information center and license center at DNR headquarters in St. Paul will extend their hours on opening weekend to accommodate additional phone calls from deer hunters. Phone lines will be open on Friday, Nov. 7, until 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Hunters need to be familiar with deer hunting regulations, which are available at any DNR license agent or online. License questions should be directed to the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.

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