On August 1, The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released new hunting regulations for the 2023 deer hunting season.
First, blaze orange is now required on all public grounds. The blaze orange material must be at least 144 square inches and visible from all directions. In the past, blaze orange was only recommended, but it will now be a requirement for hunters on public land.
Second, members of a hunting party may not tag a legal buck or antlerless deer for any member of their party hunting with a youth license, which previously was allowed.
Third, portable deer stands may be left overnight in certain wildlife management areas in the northwest. A person leaving a portable stand overnight must affix a tag with the person’s name and address, their driver’s license number, or the DNR number as it appears on their hunting license.
Lastly, a licensed hunter who lawfully harvests an escaped farmed deer or elk is not liable to the owner, but they must notify the DNR within 24 hours. However, if a licensed hunter harvests a deer or elk with ear tags or other identification, contact the DNR at 888-MINNDNR to be connected with your local conservation officer.
It is important to note that if you have been convicted of a felony, possessing a firearm is a crime. Furthermore, hunting while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances is also a crime that would result in at least a misdemeanor charge; consequences could include suspension or revocation of one’s hunting license as well as potentially serious outcomes through the courts.
For more information on the new hunting regulations for 2023 check here.
We hope you have a safe, and rewarding hunting season! If you or someone you know runs into legal trouble while hunting, please contact our office at 763-421-6366 for a free case consultation.