In response to deer complaints relating to flower and shrub destruction and traffic safety, the City of Red Wing established an archery deer hunting program in the 1990's. The program implemented deer hunting within areas previously closed to all hunting. In 1998, through the use of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Bonus Permits, the program was extended to allow hunters to harvest up to five deer each.
Every year, city staff works with State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials to evaluate the previous year's hunt statistics and recommends changes. Applicants are encouraged to be familiar with ALL rules and requirements for the special hunt.
Changes to the 2016 Hunt Program were approved by City Council, and include: A few Border changes to Archery Zones and No Hunting Zones.
PERMITS CAN BE OBTAINED AT FOUR SEASON SPORTS AT 2301 OLD WEST MAIN STREET DURING THE FOLLOWING TIMES:
Monday - Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The special deer hunt permit is valid in accordance with Minnesota DNR regulations. Permits may be purchased at Four Seasons Sports at 2301 Old West Main Street (651-388-4334), or for more information, please contact the City of Red Wing at 651-385-3674.
For a full list of rules, please click here.
Permission to hunt on public property with archery will be granted for Memorial Park, Coon Hill, Oakwood Cemetery, Mississippi National Golf Links and the Sand Hill water tower area only through this application process. Please click here to view the Red Wing Deer Hunt Map. For access to the City of Red Wing's GIS Web Mapping for property/parcel ownership information and aerial photos, Click Here.
There is a Non-Refundable $20.00 fee for the permit.
All applicable forms for the 2016 Special Hunt are available by clicking on any of the links below.
Proof of successful completion of an Archery Proficiency Test from Four Seasons Sport Shop in Red Wing (proficiency test shall consist of 8 shots, 4 shots at a spot target and 4 shots at a deer target and 3 out of 4 passing shots at each target must be made);
MN DNR 2015 Archery License;
$20.00 Non-Refundable Fee
Application for the Special Hunt can be obtained at Four Seasons Sports, 2301 Old West Main Street, Red Wing, MN, Monday through Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information on deer hunting in Red Wing, call 651.385-3674.
The Earn-a-Buck program allows a hunter to harvest a legal buck in Memorial Park, Oakwood Cemetery, Coon Hill, MNGL and the Sand Hill water tower area when they have harvested an anterless deer in any “Archery Only” Zone within the City limits of Red Wing. After a hunter has harvested an anterless deer, they must have the Earn a buck form filled out with verification of a anterless deer harvested. This must be verified and signed at Four Season Sports, or other authorized City or DNR staff. The authorization form can be signed Monday through Friday at the Public Works Building, 229 Tyler Road North, Red Wing, MN, or any time at the Police Department. The Special Hunt permit is valid April 13, 2016 through December 31, 2016 in accordance with Minnesota DNR regulations. For more information on the City hunt contact Public Works at 651-385-3674.