3rd Annual Statewide Youth Deer Hunt to Take Place this MEA Weekend
Detroit Lakes, MN — Minnesota’s youth deer season will continue statewide for its third year, starting Thursday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 24. The season coincides with statewide teacher workshops, otherwise known as the MEA weekend, so many Minnesota students don’t have school during the youth season and are available to participate in the hunt.
There are no special permits required and its open to all youth age 10-17, according to Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife Supervisor Rob Baden, who shares more of the details for the Youth Deer Season.
Prior to this hunt taking place, youth only had the opportunity to hunt on designated state lands. Now they may hunt on any land, private or public. Baden says this new youth hunting season is slowly gaining traction and could see some high success rates this year.
Baden notes that what makes this hunt so unique is that it allows the newest hunters a chance to hit the woods one-on-one with an experienced adult with typically nice weather and without the pressures of deer camp.
All youth hunters and mentors must follow blaze orange/pink clothing requirements. Adults may not hunt, unless they are in an area open during the early antlerless season and have the corresponding license. Complete youth season details are available on the DNR youth deer hunting page.