Some Minnesota firearms deer hunters got a surprise in the mail this past week -- an extra doe permit.
Because of a malfunction with bulk mailing equipment, about 3,500 of the 196,000 envelopes notifying hunters if they can take a doe this season were mailed with two permits inside. One was the correct permit for the addressee and the second was a permit intended for someone else.
Amanda Ferrari, Brainerd, got the doe permit intended for a Jackson man. Her brother, Ted, got the permit for a hunter in Faribault. Both sent the permits to the right address with a note explaining what happened, Ferrari said.
"A third party vendor does our mailings for us, so we had no control over what happened," said Christine Dufour, public information officer at DNR headquarters in Brainerd. "We're doing our best to correct the situation. There still are people out there who don't know they received a permit."
The quickest way to find out if you were a successful applicant is to check the hunting lottery results on the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us. Or call (888) MINN-DNR. Anyone who is listed as a winner, but who has not received a permit, should either e-mail the DNR with their full name, current address, date of birth and driver's license number, or call the DNR to provide that information over the phone. A duplicate permit will be mailed or faxed within 48 hours.
The DNR does not know which permits were mailed incorrectly, said Kurt Ulrich, head of the DNR's Bureau of Information, Education and Licensing. Those who received two permits also can help sort out the problem.
"If they would call us and give us the name on the second permit, we can mail out a duplicate," Ulrich said. "Another hunter may be very grateful."
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