posted on June 29, 2010 11:19
Hunters who wish to apply for one of 186 permits for the 2010 Minnesota prairie chicken season or for one of 10,430 permits for the fall turkey hunt must do so by Friday, July 30, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Applications are available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
Application materials and maps of permit areas for both hunts are available on the DNR website at http://www.mndnr.gov.hunting/. Winners will be notified by mail by mid-September.
Application must be made at any DNR license agent, by phone or online. Online and phone options offer 24-hour-a-day service at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense or 888-665-4236.
Turkey hunters may apply for one permit from 67 different hunting areas that will be open from Saturday, Oct. 2, to Sunday, Oct. 31. This single season replaces multiple fall seasons.
Youth who want to turkey hunt in the fall must apply. Over-the-counter sales of fall turkey permits are not available.
The fall turkey hunt application fee is $3. The license costs $23 for residents and $78 for nonresidents. The $5 stamp validation has been incorporated into the license fee. A separate stamp no longer is required.
The five-day prairie chicken season, which will begin on Saturday, Oct. 23, is open to Minnesota residents only. Hunters will be charged a $4 application fee and may apply individually or in groups up to four. Prairie chicken licenses cost $20. The hunt concludes Wednesday, Oct. 27.