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Minnesota Deer Hunting Season: Where to Buy A License in Dakota County

The state's deer hunting season begins on Nov. 3, and officials at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say the take should be good due to a spike in the deer population.

Hunters are in for a heck of a deer season this year. So says the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which estimates that there are about 1 million deer in the state.

“Minnesota’s deer population is up from last year, in part, because of the mild winter,” Lou Cornicelli, the DNR’s wildlife research manager, said in a press release. “Mild winters result in more survival of adults, more fawns being born, and more deer in the state’s fields and forests the following hunting season.” 

However, the population is not evenly distributed and in 2012 there are fewer areas where hunters can legally harvest more than one deer. The agency has reined in the harvest in some areas where the herd is too sparse.

In Northern Minnesota, the firearms deer season runs from Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 18. The DNR has also instituted a late season in southeastern Minnesota, from Watertown to Caledonia, which will open Saturday, Nov. 17, and close on Sunday, Nov. 25.

In all other parts of the state, the season begins on Nov. 3 and ends on Sunday, Nov. 11. 

Hunters can buy licenses online, by phone (1-MN-LICENSE), or in person.

Here's a list of locations in Dakota County:

APPLE VALLEY

• DAKOTA COUNTY SERVICE AND LICENSE CENTER
14955 GALAXIE AVE
APPLE VALLEY, MN 55124
(952) 891-7570

• HOLIDAY STATIONSTORE #316
5980 149TH ST
APPLE VALLEY, MN 55124
(612) 891-5090

• WAL-MART SUPERCENTER #2642
7835 150TH ST W
APPLE VALLEY, MN 55124
(952) 431-9700

BURNSVILLE

• HOLIDAY STATIONSTORE #213
14150 IRVING AVE S
BURNSVILLE, MN 55337
(612) 892-1050

• DAKOTA COUNTY LICENSE CENTER
1101 W COUNTY RD 42
BURNSVILLE, MN 55306
(952) 891-7850

• HOLIDAY STATIONSTORE #412
12290 NICOLLET AVE
BURNSVILLE, MN 55337
(952) 736-8231

• DICK'S SPORTING GOODS #265
901 COUNTY RD 42 WEST
BURNSVILLE, MN 55306
(952) 898-0743

EAGAN

• NEW MART
1969 SILVER BELL RD
EAGAN, MN 55122
(651) 452-6413

• HOLIDAY STATIONSTORE #318
3044 HOLIDAY LANE
EAGAN, MN 55121
(651) 365-0275

• WAL-MART #1786
1360 TOWN CENTRE DR
EAGAN, MN 55123
(651) 686-7428

• HOLIDAY STATIONSTORE #247
3615 PILOT KNOB ROAD
EAGAN, MN 55122
(651) 683-9936

• HOLIDAY STATIONSTORE #68
1065 DIFFLEY RD
EAGAN, MN 55123
(651) 452-1194

• PELLICCI ACE HARDWARE OF EAGAN
1565 CLIFF RD
EAGAN, MN 55122
(651) 454-2366

• HOLIDAY STATIONSTORE #232
4595 NICOLS ROAD
EAGAN, MN 55122
(651) 454-0267

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS

• ACE HARDWARE & PAINT
3098 65TH ST E
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MN 55076
(651) 455-2228

• WAL-MART #5089
9165 CAHILL AVE
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MN 55076
(651) 451-3975

• HOLIDAY STATIONSTORE #537
9087 BRODERICK BLVD
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MN 55076
(651) 458-9090

• HOLIDAY STATIONSTORE #71
6380 E CONCORD BLVD
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MN 55076
(651) 457-7480

• INVER GROVE DEPUTY REGISTRAR #161
9057 BRODERICK BLVD
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MN 55076
(651) 453-1619

LAKEVILLE

• HOLIDAY STATIONSTORE #333
7287 161ST ST W
LAKEVILLE, MN 55068
(952) 322-3105

• HOLIDAY STATIONSTORE #3504
17280 KENYON AVE
LAKEVILLE, MN 55044
(952) 898-7800

• HOLIDAY STATIONSTORE #3584
16255 IPAVA AVE
LAKEVILLE, MN 55044
(952) 898-2771

• MILLS FLEET FARM
17070 KENRICK AVE
LAKEVILLE, MN 55044
(952) 435-3832

• GANDER MOUNTAIN LLC LAKEVILLE 483
16861 KENYON AVE
LAKEVILLE, MN 55044
(952) 435-3805

• DAKOTA COUNTY LICENSE CENTER
20085 HERITAGE DR
LAKEVILLE, MN 55044
(952) 891-7878

ROSEMOUNT

• ROBERT TRAIL LIBRARY LICENSE CENTER
14395 S ROBERT TRL
ROSEMOUNT, MN 55068
(651) 480-1238

• HOLIDAY STATIONSTORE #222
15066 CHIPPENDALE AVE
ROSEMOUNT, MN 55068
(651) 423-3155

SOUTH ST. PAUL

• KATHY'S LICENSE SERVICE
125 3RD AVE NO
SOUTH ST PAUL, MN 55075
(651) 552-7603

WEST ST. PAUL

• HOLIDAY STATIONSTORE #157
1845 S ROBERT ST
WEST ST. PAUL, MN 55118
(651) 457-6684

• KMART #9397
50 SIGNAL HILLS MALL
WEST ST. PAUL, MN 55118
(651) 457-3022

• WALMART SUPERCENTER #3364
1644 S ROBERT ST S
WEST ST. PAUL, MN 55118
(651) 453-0343

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