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Previewing Minnesota’s archery deer hunt 2023: Enter crossbows for all

ARCHERY AFOOT. Minnesota’s archery deer season begins Sept. 16 across the state. Some considerations this year: dry conditions, dropping acorns, and the legislative change that allows anyone who wishes to hunt with a crossbow. Regulations in some deer permit areas have changed, so review those regs before climbing into your treestands in 2023. (Stock photo)
The countdown has started for the archery deer season in Minnesota, and there’s a mixture of excitement along with a few unknowns. The season kicks off Sept. 16, and the biggest unknown centers around the new regulation that allows the use of crossbows for everyone. The new regulation passed by the Minnesota Legislature in May will allow more hunters to hunt the archery season and apply some pressure on deer throughout the state. Todd Froberg, the Minnesota DNR’s big-game program coordinator, said he’s not worried about the crossbow change affecting deer populations significantly in terms of total harvest, but there are a few concerns heading into the season.
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