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Title: Disability Permit -Taking Big Game and/or Turkey with a Crossbow
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Description: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Subject: Disabilities
Creation Date: 9/9/2008 8:22:00 AM
Modification Date: 9/17/2019 11:37:32 AM
Agency Name: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
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Agency Description: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the state's natural resources. Hunting, fishing, state forests and parks, lakes, rivers and streams, boating and water safety, trails, snowmobiling, skiing, education, enforcement, wildlife management, lands and minerals are managed by the DNR.
Agency Phone: 651-296-6157
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Dept. of
500 Lafayette Rd.

St. Paul
MN 55155

Division Name: DNR Information Center
Division URL:
Division Description:
Division Phone: 651-296-6157
651-296-5484 (TTY) | 800-657-3929 (TTY)
Division Fax: Division URL:
Audience: Application URL:
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For persons unable to hunt or take rough fish by archery because of a permanent or temporary physical ability.


1. Permittee must comply with all laws and rules relating to seasons, bag limits, transportation of archery equipment, trespass, and all other applicable provisions. 

2. Crossbows used for hunting under this permit must:
    -Be fired from the shoulder,
    -Deliver at least 42 foot-pounds of energy at a distance of 10 feet,
    -Have a stock at least 30 inches long,
    -Have a working safety, and
    -Be used with arrows or bolts at least 10 inches long.
    -In addition, arrowheads used for hunting big game or turkey must be
     sharp, have a minimum of two metal cutting edges, be of barbless
     broadhead design, and must have a diameter of at least 7/8 inch.

3. Arrows or bolts used to take rough fish with a crossbow under this permit must tethered or controlled by an attached line.

4. This permit also allows a person to hunt with a bow drawn, held, or released by a mechanical device.

5. Permit is valid for a period of two years or is permanent, as indicated on front of the application. This permit may be revoked, amended, suspended, or modified at any time for cause, including but not limited to: Change in permit laws or rules; change in disability eligibility; or violation of hunting, trespass, or archery bow transportation laws.

6. Permit and a valid license must be in possession while hunting or while taking rough fish with a crossbow.

7. Permit is valid only when fully completed, signed by the applicant, signed by a licensed physician, certified physician's assistant or certified nurse practitioner acting under the direction of a licensed physician, or licensed chiropractor, and the application has been approved by the Department of Natural Resources Enforcement office closest to applicant's home and you receive a permit card in the mail.

8. Completed and signed permit form must be mailed to the indicated DNR Enforcement office location (please check one if one is not already checked for you): 

Contact DNR Regional Enforcement Division offices

DNR Enforcement, Northeast Region 
1201 E. Highway 2
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

DNR Enforcement, Northwest Region
2115 Birchmont Beach Rd.
Bemidji, MN 56601

DNR Enforcement, South Region
261 State Hwy. 15 South
New Ulm, MN 56073

DNR Enforcement, Central Region
1200 Warner Road
St. Paul, MN 55106

See Minn. Stat. § 97B.035, subd. 1.


Statutes: 97B.106


Application and Disability Permit -Take Big Game, Small Game, and/or Rough Fish with a Crossbow

Application is available at Disability permit - taking big game and/or turkey with a crossbow



Period of Issuance:

Permit is valid for a period of two years or is permanent, as indicated by the licensed physician or chiropractor on front of the application.

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