REGIONAL— Deer hunters in many parts of northern and central St. Louis and Lake counties will likely have to settle for a bucks-only tag this fall as a result of the Department of Natural …
REGIONAL— Deer hunters in many parts of northern and central St. Louis and Lake counties will likely have to settle for a bucks-only tag this fall as a result of the Department of Natural Resources’ decision to restrict the number of antlerless tags. Only Permit Area 177, which encompasses agricultural areas near Cook and nearby Lake Vermilion, will give hunters the choice to take either a buck or a doe.
Most areas will offer some antlerless tags through a lottery, although the numbers are down significantly from recent years. Permit Area 119, in far northern St. Louis County, will remain bucks-only this year, as it has for the past several years.
Available antlerless permits for the following areas include:
• PA 108: 100 permits
• PA 118: 50 permits
• PA 176: 300 permits
• PA 178: 300 permits
• PA 130: 50 permits
Hunters who wish to take part in the antlerless lottery will need to purchase their 2019 deer permit by Thursday, Sept. 5 to be entered in the drawing.
The archery deer season gets underway Sept. 14 and runs through the end of the year. The regular firearms deer season in northeastern Minnesota runs Saturday, Nov. 9 to Sunday, Nov. 24.