Changes In Rules As Firearm Deer Hunting Season Opens

By Rachel Slavik, WCCO-TV

VICTORIA, Minn. (WCCO) The firearm deer hunting season opened with some changes to the registration process.

Sportsmen no longer have to tag their buck or doe at a registration stand. They can do it online or on the phone.

The new rules are meant to help make the process more convenient. But some argue the change is confusing because there are 18 hunting areas around the state where walk-in registration is mandatory.

“It doesn’t say that anywhere in the area of page 77 on the rule book. If you go back to another page it does say that,” said Jeff Byrne of Cabin Fever Sporting Goods.

The Department of Natural Resources puts out a hunting regulation guide every year that is available to the public.

“It’s different. Every year there’s rules that change and you gotta watch out for them,” said Dan Fulkerson, a veteran hunter.

Mandatory walk-in registration is for bovine TB management zones and to allow young bucks to mature.

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