Early antlerless deer season this weekend on North Shore

An early antlerless deer season will be held this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23-24, in two permit areas along the North Shore. The areas are 182, which surrounds Duluth, and area 180, which stretches from near Duluth to  beyond Silver Bay and inland as far as Brimson and Murphy City.

Only antlerless deer may be taken in the hunt, and up to two permits may be used. The permits cost $6.50 each and may be purchased wherever hunting licenses are sold, or online at www.mndnr.gov. Hunters may not tag a deer with a regular firearms license, muzzleloader license or a bonus permit during this hunt. All deer harvested must be tagged with an early season antlerless permit.

Bow hunters may also participate in the hunt, but if they do not have a  firearms or muzzleloader license, they must use archery gear.

PORTION OF SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL CLOSED

During this weekend’s early antlerless deerhunt, the Superior Hiking Trail in St. Louis and Lake counties will be closed. There is no early firearms deer season in state parks, but other public lands are open to hunting. Also, landowners on private lands that the Superior Hiking Trail crosses may be hunting.

The closure affects the SHT from the start of the trail at Fox Farm Road in St. Louis County and goes all the way to Caribou River Wayside at the Minnesota Highway 61, milepost 70.5.

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