Deer Hunting Regulations Change 24 Jul 14

 Regulations announced this week for the 2014 deer season will be the most conservative in over two decades, and DNR officials say the main reason is two tough winters in a row.  The agency’s Steve Merchant says hunters will only be able to harvest one deer in 95 percent of the state, and 14 areas — mostly in northeastern Minnesota — will be bucks-only.  Merchant terms it “further protection of antlerless deer in order to grow our deer population.”  No one — not even hunters with disability, archery or youth licenses — will be able to take antlerless deer in bucks-only zones. In 38 areas, hunters have the choice of shooting a doe or a buck.  Hunters can enter the antlerless permit lottery beginning August 1st through September 4th.