With more than 475,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any system issues associated with the high sales volume.
The 2007 Minnesota firearms deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 3.
Deer licenses are available at approximately 1,800 license agents statewide or by phone at 1-888-MN-LICENSE (665-4236) or online at www.mndnr.gov. There is a $3.50 convenience fee for telephone and Internet transactions.
Hunters who purchase licenses by phone and Internet will receive their deer tags by mail, which can take three to five days.
Staff members from the DNR Information Center and License Center will work extended hours this weekend to handle additional phone calls from deer hunters. Phone lines will be open on Friday, Nov. 2, until 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon.
The DNR Information Center phone number is (651) 296-6157 or toll-free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367).
Source: Minnesota DNR