First time hunter! Help!

kkmauch
 
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First time hunter! Help!

Postby kkmauch » Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:28 am

I have been invited to go deer hunting this year for the first time ever (28 yr old female here). I'm completely new to this and need to know where to start!
 
Do I need some kind of permit for a riffle? I know I need a license for hunting, but what do I need to get the license? I know where I'll be hunting, private land.
 
What kind of equipment will I need (in addition to the gun, which I will be borrowing from my grandpa)?
 
Where do I start?

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RE: First time hunter! Help!

Postby Patriot » Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:11 am

kkmauch,
First of all, welcome to the forum.  Let me attempt to get you pointed in the right direction.
 
Here are some websites you will definitely want to check out and spend some time with:
 
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: www.dnr.state.mn.us
 
Hunter Education Minnesota:  http://www.hunterexam.com/usa/minnesota/
 
According to the Hunter Education Website and MN Hunting Regulations, Hunter Education is required of all persons born after December 31, 1979 in order to purchase a big or small game hunting license.....BUT there is a loophole to this.  Please see page 17 of the 2009 MN hunting regulations where it talks about Apprentice Hunter Validation (pick up the regulations wherever licences are sold....Wal Mart, Gander Mountain, etc).
 
You will of course need to purchase a hunting license.  I'm assuming you are hunting in a zone that allows rifles, be sure to check that.  Where will you be hunting (closest city)?
 
Blaze orange requirement - A person may not hunt or trap during the open season where deer may be taken by firearms under applicable laws and ordinances, unless the visible portion of the person's cap and outer clothing above the waist, excluding sleeves and gloves, is blaze orange. Blaze orange includes a camouflage pattern of at least 50 percent blaze orange within each foot square. This section does not apply to migratory waterfowl hunters on waters of this state or in a stationary shooting location or to trappers on waters of this state. In addition to requirements already mentioned a person may not take small game other than turkey, migratory birds, raccoons, and predators, except when hunting with nontoxic shot or while trapping, unless a visible portion of at least one article of the person's clothing above the waist is blaze orange. Minnesota requires 50% of a Camouflage Hunter Orange garment be open Hunter Orange.
 
Take some time to review the above stuff, the come back with some more questions.  The folks here are happy to help!![:)][:)]
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RE: First time hunter! Help!

Postby dewey » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:08 am

kkmauch,

Welcome to the D&DH forum. As patriot said look at the reugulations but feel free to ask any questions you may have regarding anything, and I mean anything. If you let us know where you hunt we can help you figure out what zone you are in and what license you should buy (Statewide A or Statewide B).


Do I need some kind of permit for a riffle?
No you do not need a special permit to go hunting with a rifle, you need to make sure that you are in a rifle zone. See page 2 in the upper left hand corner on this link;

http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/outdoor_ac ... ne_map.pdf


I know I need a license for hunting, but what do I need to get the license? I know where I'll be hunting, private land.
You will need to know what zone you are in, look at page 1 of the previous link, and when you are going. In the upper right hand corner of page 1 lists the season dates for each of the zones. Again if you want to let us know we can help you out.

What kind of equipment will I need (in addition to the gun, which I will be borrowing from my grandpa)?
You will need blaze orange, I prefer a fleece and a hat, but look at the link that Patriot sent you for the officail requirements.

Feel free to ask more questions and we will help you out any way that we can.
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RE: First time hunter! Help!

Postby 69Viking » Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:48 am

Good advice from some hunting veterans here kkmauch! Wish I had some more to offer but this MN Native has never hunted deer in MN, you should be so lucky to hunt in such a great state! One of these days I too will be reading up on the same regs you are when I finally get to go back home and hunt! For now I'll just be chasing the smaller variety of whitetail found here in the Southeast!

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RE: First time hunter! Help!

Postby Goose » Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:04 pm

Welcome kkmauch, like state farm says, "you are in good hands".
 
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Genesis 27:3 Take your bow and quiver full of arrows out into the open country, and hunt some wild game.....

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RE: First time hunter! Help!

Postby buckhunter21 » Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:07 pm

Great advice and welcome to the forum...Good luck!!! 
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