15 will be allowed to hunt; apply by Aug. 18

    This October 28-29, Rydell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will again be hosting a special Mentored Youth Deer Hunt for kids age 12-15, in cooperation with the Minnesota DNR and the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association.   

     Rydell is the only NWR in Minnesota that offers this special "mentored" deer hunting opportunity. A total of 15 youth will be allowed to participate in this hunt. Participating youth will be required to hunt with a parent, guardian, or mentor. They will be allowed to harvest one deer of either sex on the Refuge.

    One requirement for youth hunt participants is that they attend a mandatory orientation session. This will be held at Rydell NWR on Sunday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    In an effort to improve the youth hunter success rate during the 2017 hunt, Refuge staff decided to schedule it one week later than it has been held in recent years. It was previously held in conjunction with the youth deer season which runs October 19-22 in 27 permit areas throughout southeastern and northwestern Minnesota. No hunting is allowed on Rydell NWR during that four-day hunt.

    Delaying the Rydell NWR Youth Mentored Hunt one week provides more of a lapse between it and the Accessible Deer Hunt that is held on Rydell NWR from October 12-14.

    Interested youth must apply for this hunt no later than Aug. 18. Applications can be completed at any DNR license agent or online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense.

    For more information on this unique hunting opportunity, go to www.mndnr.gov/discover and click on "youth deer hunts", or contact Gregg Knutsen, Refuge Manager, at 218-687-2229 x16 / gregg_knutsen@fws.gov.