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Can anyone shed light on legality of hunting with archery gear in metro area, anyone do it?

Does it have to be outside city limits or what are laws.

Birds are everywhere in fringe areas and you would not need much space/woods/meadows.

I am in Prior Lake/Shakopee area and birds are everywhere.

Any thoughts on how to find prop owners of small woodlots.

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The legality of hunting in the metro depends on the specific city/town/township. I hunt (bow and gun) in the metro area near Stillwater.

All propety owners are listed in the county plat book available at all county offices and the state bookstore.

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In previous years the turkey zone you are in had to have at least 50 regular tags to be legal to bow hunt the last couple of weeks. I don't think that changed this year but you should double check that. That could mean that not all areas around the outskirts of the metro are even open for the last couple of week archery hunt.

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This is from the city of Shakoppee's web site. They also have a hunting map that shows where hunting is allowed. I am sure Prior Lake has the same thing on their HSOforum.

The City of Shakopee reminds residents and visitors of the following regulations related to hunting and shooting within the City limits.

The shooting of shotguns with shot shells, bow and arrow or BB guns is permitted only in the following areas of the City:

North of the Minnesota River and West of County Road 101.

South of Vierling Drive

Shooting is permitted only on adjoining or continuous tracts of 40 acres or more.

The person shooting must be the landowner or have the written permission of the landowner.

No firearm can be discharged within 500 feet or a building or public road.

Hunting with bow and arrow is allowed on property owned by Northern States Power Company that is North of County State Aid Highway 16, during the Minnesota archery season for deer and with written permission from the landowner.

Other areas where hunting with bow and arrow or with bow and arrow and shotgun with shot shells is allowed include land East of Valleyfair and North of County Road 101.

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