First of all welcome to the forum. I hunt in NW MN and I have had good success in going to the county offices and getting plat books and then talking to farmers and getting permission to hunt on their land just by asking. I prefer to hunt on private land just because I never have to worry about other people and what they might do. In NW MN there is also a antlerless deer season and it is October 10th and 11th, it is obviously for does only but it is good to put meat in the freezer and to do scouting and other activities while hunting. Another thing in MN is the lottery, managed and intensive harvest areas. The lottery areas (blue) are for bucks with a general tag and you have to apply for a doe tag, with a bag limit of 1. The managed areas (red) are either sex tags and the bag limit is 3. The intensive areas (green) are either sex and have a bag limit of 5. The statewide limit for bucks is 1 buck per hunter, unless you party hunt-which I won't get into.
The information I just told you is based on last year's regulations and you should look in the new reg's to see if anything has changed or if I am incorrect on something.
Here is a link to the MNDNR's website, the new regulations are usually up by the end of the month.
If you have any more questions feel free to PM me.
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