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Deer hunters encouraged to buy licenses early

They're out there. Photo by Sarah Smith, Park Rapids Enterprise

With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and potential system issues associated with the high sales volume. The 2012 Minnesota firearms deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 3.

Deer licenses can be purchased for $27 at DNR license agents across Minnesota, by phone at 888-MN-LICENSE (665-4236) or online at 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 DNR Information Center and License Center at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, will extend hours on opening weekend to accommodate additional phone calls from deer hunters. Phone lines will be open on Friday, Nov. 2, until 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 3, 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 at

License questions should be directed to the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free at 888-646-6367.