Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Still Has Openings for Youth Mentored Hunt
Erskine, MN — Openings are still available for the 2022 Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Mentored Youth Deer Hunt, after the original registration period. There are still 5 unfilled spots for youth hunters. This two-day hunt will be held on over 1,800 acres of Rydell Refuge on Saturday Oct. 29 and Sunday Oct. 30. Youth between the ages of 12 and 15, who have successfully completed Firearms Safety Training, can register to participate in this special hunt. The only other requirements are that an adult mentor accompany the youth hunter at all times, and that the youth hunter and their mentor attend a mandatory 4-hour orientation session at the Rydell Refuge Visitor Center on Sunday Oct. 23. This hunt is separate from the Youth Deer Hunting Season held over MEA weekend, but still provides an excellent opportunity for youth to get some experience hunting alongside their mentor, according to Refuge Manager Gregg Knutsen.
If you are interested in signing up for this special hunt, call Refuge Manager, Gregg Knutsen, at 218-686-4329 for information on how to get registered and purchase your license(s) from the Minnesota DNR. The sign-up deadline for this hunt is Oct. 14. Licenses for the harvest of up to three deer (only 1 buck) can be purchased for this special hunt.
This hunt is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Minnesota DNR, and the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association. The objective of the hunt is to provide new or relatively inexperienced youth a special opportunity to hunt deer under the guidance of an adult mentor.
Listen to the full interview with Gregg Knutsen below: