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Youth can apply for special deer hunts

Youth can apply to hunt deer in select state parks and other refuge areas during 17 special deer hunts in October and November, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“These special hunts give youth and parents or adult mentors a fantastic opportunity to hunt together,” said James Burnham, DNR hunter and angler recruitment, retention and reactivation coordinator. “They can be memorable and positive experiences for all involved.”

Youth can apply through Friday, Aug. 17. Of the 17 special hunts, 15 are firearms hunts for youth ages 12 to 15, and two are archery hunts for youth ages 12 to 17.

Participation in other deer hunting seasons remains an option for youth who take part in the special youth deer hunts, but any deer harvested count against the youth’s season bag limit.

An adult parent, guardian or mentor must accompany the youth at all times while hunting, but only the youth may hunt. Both youth and mentor must attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation.

Details about the hunts, how to apply and other youth hunting information can be found at mndnr.gov/discover.

Still time to nominate Rising Stars

You still have time to nominate the Rising Stars Under 40 in the 7 Rivers Region for 2018

This is the third consecutive year the 7 Rivers Alliance and River Valley Media Group are teaming up to honor dynamic, community-minded young leaders in our three-state region.

We’re seeking your help to identify and nominate the members of our third class of Rising Stars Under 40, who we’ll honor in October.

Deadline for nominating is July 20.

Nominees must be younger than 40 on Aug. 1.

For more information and eligibility requirements, check out the submission form on the 7 Rivers website (7riversalliance.org).

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