Lottery set for antlerless deer in permit area 183 - includes Carlton CountyThe application deadline is September 10.
Reduced deer counts mean that many deer hunters will see a change in
harvest regulations for the 2009 hunt, according to the Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Some areas, including Deer Permit
Area 183, which covers parts of Carlton and Pine counties, will have a
lottery for antlerless deer for the 2009 deer season.
The lottery is an effort to be more conservative with the harvest of
antlerless deer. Last spring the population estimate for permit area 183
was below the overall goal of 23 deer per square mile. That goal was
established after broad public input about four years ago. Because the
population estimate was below that goal, wildlife managers recommended
In addition, the deer harvest in permit area 183 was down 19.5 percent
last fall compared with 2007, said DNR Assistant Area Wildlife Manager
Dave Johnson. The overall success rate for hunters in permit area 183
was 43 percent in 2008.
Population estimates, harvest and harsher winter weather have all
contributed to recommendations for more conservative management of
In 2008, permit area 183 was a Managed Area, meaning hunters could
harvest one antlerless deer with their regular firearms license and a
second antlerless deer if they purchased a bonus permit.
This fall, permit area 183 will be a Lottery Area, which means firearms
and muzzleloader hunters are restricted to bucks only, unless they apply
for and receive an either-sex (antlerless) permit. For the 2009 season,
2,500 either-sex permits will be available through the lottery.
The lottery application deadline is Sept. 10. Lottery winners will
receive permits via mail. Hunters may apply for an either-sex permit
through any DNR Electronic License System agent, via the DNR Web site,
or by a toll free phone call to 1-888-665-4236.
Bonus permits cannot be used in lottery deer areas, regardless of
weapon type. Hunters who are unsuccessful in the lottery may only
harvest a legal buck throughout the season in lottery deer areas, or
they may take or a deer of either sex in any Managed Area or Intensive
Area. Archery hunters may take a deer of either sex in a Lottery Area
without applying in the lottery.