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Friday, 17 September, 2021

420 N. Pokegama Ave

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

City Hall: 218-326-7600

Media contacts:  Mark Spoden, Grand Rapids acting area wildlife manager, 218-328-8860;

Cheri Zeppelin, NE regional information officer, 218-328-8954. 
 
 

2021 City of Grand Rapids Special Hunt FAQs

(Updated 8/04/2021)


Why is Grand Rapids having a City Special Hunt?

To reduce the local deer population which should help reduce deer car collisions and damage to vegetation within the city limits. The Special Hunt is managed and administered by the Grand Rapids City Police Department with the support and cooperation of the MNDNR.

 

What do I have to do to participate in the City Special Hunt?

For archery: First, purchase your regular DNR archery license and optional Bonus Archery Permits. Then, stop in at the city police office and obtain a city special hunt permit. This will allow you to hunt within open archery areas within the city. Deer harvested by archery in the city hunt must be registered under permit area #995.

* A bonus permit is not restricted to a specific deer permit area number. Bonus permits can be used anywhere in the state where additional deer can be legally harvested. Bonus permits can be used in other city hunts, or managed, intensive or no limit harvest areas.

 

For Firearms and Muzzleloader: You must purchase your firearms and/or muzzleloader license, and at the same time, apply for the city special hunt # 931 for firearms, or #946 for muzzleloader, before the city special hunt/either-sex permit lottery application deadline on or before September 9, 2021.

  • This is the same deadline and method you use to apply for an either-sex permit in a lottery area.
  • When you are purchasing the license, you will be asked “which area you hunt most often?” or “which area you plan to hunt?” Be sure to tell them permit area #931 for firearms, or # 946 for muzzleloader.  After you buy the license, check the receipt you were given to be sure it says you applied for either-sex permit lottery or city special hunt area #931 for firearms, or # 946 for muzzleloader.
  • The city special hunt has unlimited permits available so if you apply correctly, and on time, (by September 10, 2020), you will be drawn and issued a permit to hunt within the city. The permit will be mailed to you in mid-October.

Can I purchase a muzzle loader license for the Grand Rapids city special hunt, and purchase a firearms license in a regular lottery permit area outside the city?

  • Yes, you can apply for one muzzleloader hunt and one firearm hunt; one application for each weapon type.
  • Residents and nonresidents are eligible for permits.
  • A permit is not transferable between persons or between areas.
  • If you use and fill your regular firearms license, additional deer would have to be taken with a muzzleloader using bonus permits for the Grand Rapids city special hunt.

Can I apply for a lottery area and the Grand Rapids city special hunt under my one firearms license?

  • No. If you want to apply for both hunts, you must do so under different season (weapon) options.
  • For example, you may apply for a lottery area with your firearms license AND apply for the Grand Rapids city special hunt using your muzzleloader. (OR) You may apply for the Grand Rapids city special hunt using your firearms license AND apply for the lottery using your muzzleloader license.

 

Where in the city can I hunt?

  • Look at the city hunting map which shows areas of the city that are open to hunting and also shows what weapon can be used in each area.
  • Not all areas within the city are open to hunting and have restrictions on what weapon can be used.
  • If you have specific questions about an area that is not shown clearly on the map contact the police office.
  • There is very little public land open to hunting within the city and most land is privately owned.
  • You can only hunt on private land with the permission of the landowner.

Can I still hunt in the city with a Firearms or Muzzleloader license if I miss the city special hunt application deadline?

Yes, but no bonus permits for antlerless deer can be used and you have to follow the same regulations as the surrounding permit area #179. Area #179 is a lottery area in 2020.

I did not apply for the city special hunt and do not have a special hunt permit, can I still party hunt with someone who does?

Yes, you may party hunt with someone with a city special hunt permit to help fill their bonus permits as long as you purchased a license in the current season.  

Do I have to register deer that I take?

Yes, you must always register any deer taken. This provides important information to the City and the DNR on how effective the city special hunt is and for tracking the local deer population. Collecting this vital information may insure a city special hunt in future years.

 

How do I register deer taken within the city?

Register your deer at any ELS agent where you purchases licenses or by phone.

  • For Archery register your deer as taken in Permit area #995   
  • For Firearms register your deer as taken in Permit area #931
  • For Muzzleloader register your deer as taken in Permit Area #946

It is very important to use the right permit number, because it is illegal to register a deer under a different permit area other than where it was taken.

What is the Limit or how many deer can I take during and within the City Special hunt?
Each weapon license is considered a different special hunt, so depending on the combination of licenses you apply for and participate in and the number of bonus permits you purchase, you may take up to 3, 4, or 5 deer (only one may be a buck).

3 deer scenario If you apply for and hunt only during one City Special Hunt (either archery, firearms or muzzleloader) you are allowed to take up to 3 antlerless deer using 3 bonus permits; OR 2 antlerless deer using 2 bonus permits and one buck or antlerless deer using your regular archery, firearms or muzzleloader license for a total of 3 deer.

4 deer scenario   Archers: If you apply for and hunt only during one archery City Special Hunt you are allowed to take up to 3 antlerless deer using 3 bonus permits AND one antlerless or buck using your regular archery license for Deer Permit Area 179 which the city is within for a total of 4 deer. Archery licenses are either sex.

Firearms: If you apply for and hunt only during one firearm or muzzleloader City Special Hunt you are allowed to take up to 3 antlerless deer using 3 bonus permits registered under the city hunt AND one buck using your regular firearm or muzzleloader license registered for the Deer Permit Area 179 which the city is within for a total of 4 deer.

5 deer scenario – the limit   If you apply for and hunt during more than one City Special Hunt (either archery, firearms or muzzleloader) you can take and tag deer using different combinations of bonus permits and regular licenses for more than one special hunt for a total limit of 5 deer.

NOTE: Even though you may apply for and participate in more than one city special hunt where the limit is 3 deer for each special hunt, the statewide total limit is still 5. You may not exceed the 5 deer statewide limit, and only one buck may be taken statewide.  **The only exception is if you travel to a CWD management area where additional buck harvest is allowed.
 
 
Links to city hunt application (must be turned in to the Grand Rapids Police Department), FAQ,
and zone map is attached below.