Deer hunting season brings new regulations, gear

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- It's a weekend many Minnesotans look forward to all year... firearms deer hunting opener.

Mike Ingalls, with Gander Mountain, joined KARE Saturday to talk about regulations hunters should pay attention to this season, as well as preview some hot new gear.

Ingalls said the DNR will tightly manage the deer harvest this year, in order to boost numbers for next season. New this year, hunters can hunt the day after buying a license. In the past, they would have to wait 48 hours.

In addition, any residents over the age of 84-years-old are allowed to take a deer of either sex during any deer season, regardless of permit area designations.

Ingalls also talked about some new gear hunters might be interested in this season.

One new product lets hunters electronically change oxygen into ozone, which bonds with scent molecules to make them unrecognizable to a deer's sense of smell.

For navigation, hunters should look out for onXmaps mobile apps or chips they can put in their GPS units. These maps combine hunting zone boundaries, color coded public land areas, landowner names, roads, trails, and access areas. All of this is overlaid on a Topographic map.


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