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2019 City of Hoyt Lakes Special Archery Deer Hunt

Application:  Any licensed archery hunter may sign up by email, mail or in person at:
         City of Hoyt Lakes Clerk's Office
         Attn: Rebecca Burich
         206 Kennedy Memorial Drive
         Hoyt Lakes, MN 55750
         PH: (218) 225-2344 

Deadline:  Thursday, August 22, 2019 (2:00 PM)

Drawing (if needed): Friday, August 23, 2019 (10:00 AM)

Successful Applicants: Validation letters mailed Friday,                                             August 23, 2019

Entry Fee: $15.00 if selected for hunt.
                  Payable to City of Hoyt Lakes    

Proficiency Test for Selected Hunters: Thursday, September 5, 2019 between the hours of 4:00 - 6:00 PM at the East Range Sportsman Club, Red Top Location, Aurora; $5.00 fee.             

Limit:  25 hunters maximum

Hunter Orientation:  Thursday, September 5, 2019; Hoyt Lakes Emergency Services Building from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.

Deer Registration:  Lucky 7 in Hoyt Lakes

Use Deer Special Permit Area = 989; Add zone deer are harvested from Zone 1 (North of Hwy 110) or Zone 2 (South of Hwy 110).  

Licenses:  Purchase your 2019 Minnesota Archery Deer license and bonus permit, prior to hunting, at any ELS vendor.  No special license required.

Click Here For City Deer Hunt Map 

Hunt Plan:

  • The City of Hoyt Lakes will implement its’ 4th archery deer hunt for 2019.
  • Focus will be antlerless deer harvest to continue reduction of the local population.
  • The archery hunt was approved by the City Council on April 8, 2019.
  • Hunt area = Approximately 2,198 acres.
  • 90-day special archery deer hunt running concurrently with northeast Minnesota’s 2019 archery season.
  • Dates for 2019 will be September 14 to December 31
  • Up to 25 archery hunters (Drawing if necessary); $20.00 fee if chosen.
  • Applications are due by 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Drawing at 10:00 am on Friday, August 23, 2019.
  • Crossbows will be allowed consistent with state-wide regulations.
  • Bag Limit – One buck state-wide, regardless of method or where you hunt and four (4) additional
    antlerless deer in managed harvest permit area to decrease population.
  • A proficiency test will be required.
  • Hunt boundaries are the City of Hoyt Lakes 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 Hoyt Lakes City limits.
  • Reduce the “Refuge Effect”- Movement of deer into town during firearms season.
  • ‘Managed’ designation to focus on additional antlerless harvest.


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