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DNR reminds hunters to not throw away unused either-sex deer permits

Hunters who failed to tag a deer or use their either-sex permit during the firearms season may still have a chance to put some venison in the freezer, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

"An either-sex permit from the firearms season remains valid for the muzzleloader season if you have the appropriate license," said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. "The either-sex permit is valid for either season, in the same area, provided you have a license for that season."

The provision applies only to the lottery areas.

McInenly reminds hunters in the lottery areas that they are only allowed to tag one deer during the 2012 hunting season. They may not use bonus tags. They may be able to harvest additional deer in managed, intensive or special hunt areas.

Hunters who wish to take advantage of this change must have a license for the muzzleloader season. Licenses can be purchased at any of the 1,500 license agent locations in the state, via telephone at 888-665-4236 or online at A convenience fee is added to telephone and Internet license purchases.

The Minnesota muzzleloader season runs Saturday, Nov. 24 until Sunday, Dec. 9.