Young Waterfowl Weekend is September 9-10

During the Young Waterfowl Hunting September 9-10, young hunters will have a special opportunity to learn how to hunt waterfowl with an adult who is not hunting. During the two-day hunt, waterfowl hunters 17 years of age or younger, when accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 years or older, can take on ducks, geese, migratory birds, waterfowl, and waterfowl from half an hour before Sunrise to sunset. Hunters should review important details about participating in this hunt on page 8 of the Minnesota Waterfowl Regulations.

Across Minnesota, Young Waterfowl Weekend is held when many people engage in a wide variety of water activities, including harvesting wild rice. The Minnesota DNR urges all overwater waterfowl hunters to be aware and vigilant about people engaged in other activities on the water, no matter where they are hunting.

The winner of the waterfowl seal competition has been selected

Albert Lea artist Mark Kniss won the Minnesota waterfowl stamp competition with an acrylic painting of a round-necked duck. Jake Levesen of Austin took second place with his Round Neck Duck Painting made of open-ended acrylic, soft-body acrylic, and water-mixable oils. Third place went to Stephen Hamrick of Lakeville with his acrylic-on-illustration round-necked duck. Winners were selected from 13 eligible entries. The Waterfowl Seal can be purchased with a hunting license or as a collectible. Visit the Minnesota DNR website for more information on habitat stamps and contest guidelines.

Reminder: The deadline for submitting applications for the Deer Lottery is September 7th

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding firearms hunters and hunters who wish to harvest hornless deer in the designated hornless lottery deer permit area this hunting season to purchase their license by Thursday, September 7. Hunters who purchase their license on or before this date are automatically entered into the lottery for the deer permit area or the particular hunting area they are declaring.

Successful applicants will receive a postcard in the mail that will allow them to take a hornless deer using their regular license in a hornless lottery area. There is no need to apply to take hornless deer into permit areas with either sex, two-deer limit, three-deer limit, or five-deer limit.

Hunters who wish to participate in deer hunting with private firearms or deer hunting need to apply for permits, which are issued through a lottery. The deadline for applications is also September 7th.

More information about designations and regulations for deer permit areas, as well as details about special hunting opportunities, is available on the Minnesota DNR website and in the 2023 Minnesota Hunting and Trap Regulations Handbook, which is available online and in print wherever Minnesota DNR licenses are sold.

The Minnesota Twins give away free hats

Anyone with a 2023 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can receive a free special edition Minnesota Twins orange cap and discount ticket from the Minnesota Twins through a partnership between the Twins and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The last day of DNR for a Twins game for the season is at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, September 9 against the New York Mets. Promo details, ticket purchase instructions, and information about purchasing a fishing or hunting license are available on the Minnesota DNR Days webpage. Tickets must be purchased in advance using a special DNR link ( to receive this offer.

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