Agassiz refuge to be open for Minnesota youth deer hunt

The annual deer hunt for disabled hunters gets underway today at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge in Polk County, and an additional early season opportunity for youth hunters is on tap next week at Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Thief River Falls.

For the fourth consecutive year, Agassiz this fall will be open for Minnesota’s youth deer hunt, which is set for Oct. 18-21. Pre-hunt scouting will be allowed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17, and no special registration is required.

In a news release, Agassiz said the entire refuge will be open for the youth deer hunt with the exception of two “standard general closed areas.” During the previous three years, only certain areas of the refuge were open for the youth hunt.

State regulations apply for all youth hunters on the refuge, along with the following Agassiz-specific rules:

Pre-hunt scouting is allowed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Non-motorized boats may be used.

ATV use is not permitted on the refuge.

All other wildlife species are protected and cannot be killed or captured.

Wolf hunting is not allowed on the refuge.

During the 2012 youth deer hunting season, hunters can shoot one deer of either sex.

Hunters must obtain a current hunt brochure depicting hunt area and current regulations. The brochures are available at refuge headquarters, kiosks or by clicking here.

Agassiz headquarters are located 11 miles east of Holt, Minn., on Marshall County Road 7 (290th Street Northeast). For more information, call (218) 449-4115 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

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