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Special Archery Deer Hunt

2021 Special Archery Deer Hunt

Hunt Plan:

  • The City of Aurora will implement its third archery deer hunt for 2021.
  • Focus will be antlerless deer harvest for reduction of the local population.
  • Hunt area = Approximately 1,500 acres.
  • 90-day special archery deer hunt running concurrently with northeast Minnesota’s 2021 archery season.
  • Dates for 2021 will be September 18 to December 31.
  • Up to 15 archery hunters (Drawing if necessary); $20.00 fee if chosen.
  • Applications are due by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.  Drawing at 10:00 am on Friday, August 20, 2021.
  • Crossbows will be allowed consistent with state-wide regulations.
  • Bag Limit – One buck state-wide, regardless of method or where you hunt and
    two (2) additional antlerless deer in managed harvest permit area to decrease population.
  • A proficiency test will be required.
  • Hunt boundaries are the City of Aurora city limits (Map and further information available at City Hall).
  • Some areas closed for safety concerns.
  • Private property - need landowner permission.



  • Implement a cost-effective, safe strategy to reduce deer population for the long term.
  • Reduce the potential for disease due to over population.
  • Increase hunting pressure on antlerless deer to decrease reproduction.
  • Reduce vehicle collisions and property damage.
  • Reduce garden, tree and shrub damage.
  • Disperse deer concentrations within the Aurora City limits.
  • Reduce the “Refuge Effect”-Movement of deer into town during firearms season.
  • ‘Managed’ designation to focus on additional antlerless harvest.


The 2021 Minnesota Hunting & Trapping Regulations can be found at and/or  Thank you.