Minnesota National Guard
Camp Ripley Hunting and Fishing
Deer Archery Deer Hunt

An annual archery deer hunt has been held at Camp Ripley since 1954.  This hunt draws nationwide attention.  It is one of the largest archery deer hunts in the United States, and provides the opportunity to pursue one of Ripley's notoriously large bucks.  Hunters are allowed to apply for one of two 2-day seasons.

Department of Natural Resources
16543 Haven Road
Little Falls, MN 56345

(320) 616-2469
Disabled Veterans' Deer Hunt

The Department of Natural Resources began monitoring the deer population at Camp Ripley in 1954, the first year of the annual white-tail bow hunt.  

Offered each fall, is the Disabled American Veterans' deer hunt (established in 1992).  

The St. Cloud Veterans Administration (VA) conducts the hunt.

Dennis Erie at St. Cloud VA Hospital
(320) 255-6323
FAX (320) 255-6461
Postal address St. Cloud VA Hospital, 4801 8th Street North, St. Cloud, MN 56303
DAV Deer Hunt
Deer Service member Hunt Opportunities

Available hunts include an Archery Deer Hunt, a Muzzle Loader Deer Hunt and a Turkey Hunt. A separate Archery Deer Hunt and Turkey Hunt will be held at both Camp Ripley and the Arden Hills Army Training Site.The Muzzle Loader Deer Hunt is only available to previously deployed Service memberswill be hosted at Camp Ripley Only.

See the application link below for more information on individual hunts, eligibility, as well as how to apply.

Hunt Applications

Mr. John E. Maile
Camp Ripley Environmental
15000 Highway 115
Little Falls, MN
(320) 616-2722
Trolling for Troops

Your opportunity to get a chance to fish with some of the best anglers in the Midwest!  Anglers like the National Guard Professional Angling team, well known professional fishermen and others will guide a Disabled Vet and a recently Deployed MN National Guard Soldier or Airmen for a day on Mille Lacs Lake or the Mississippi River!

Trolling for Troops application 2015.pdf


Deployed Soldiers muzzle loader hunt wraps up the season

Trolling for the Troops Hooks Community and Military

Service Members Find Peace of Mind even in Winter Hunt

Dead Trees Provide Training for Camp Ripley Staff and Partners

Archers hunt deer, deer ticks at Camp Ripley

Bow hunters, despite wet weather, doing well at Camp Ripley

First Camp Ripley archery deer hunt is another success

Acorns and icons

Sixty Disabled Veterans Deer Hunting at Camp Ripley

Vets Hunt Turkeys at Camp Ripley
Written by 1st Lt. Kenneth Toole, 4/22/11

Disabled veterans to hunt turkeys on April 19-21

A Governor Goes Hunting

Pawlenty at Camp Ripley Deer Hunt one last time
Written by Sgt. Tim Krouth, 11/5/10

Another strong harvest at Camp Ripley bow hunt


BIG Bucks Fall to the Bow at Camp Ripley Hunt in Minnesota!

Deployed Soldier Deer Hunt in Second Year
Written by Sgt. Kenneth R. Toole, 10/5/07

Wounded Warrior ... A Hunter Again


Returning Soldiers Eligible for Free Hunting, Fishing Licenses


Returning Minnesota National Guard Veterans Join Forces with DAV in Camp Ripley Deer Hunt

Written by Staff Sgt. Kenneth R. Toole, 10/8/06