UNDATED -- Before long, the first hunting season of the fall will get underway and there are some new items this year the DNR wants you to know.

The first small game hunting seasons start September 1st. They are followed by the Sandhill Crane and early goose seasons September 3rd, other small game and archery deer season September 17th, duck season September 24th, pheasant season October 15th and firearms deer hunting season November 5th.

New this year include the "Walk In Access" program where enrolled lands that are posted will be open to the public for hunting.

Chronic Wasting Disease in southeastern Minnesota has prompted some regulatory changes in that area where mandatory sampling for certain deer will be taken.

Also new this year is hunter choice where in designated areas, hunters can take either sex deer without having to enter the either-sex deer permit lottery.

The early anterless deer season is not being offered this year but could return next year and the 16-foot height restriction on deer stands has been removed.

Finally, bear hunters can use drums on private land this year.

For a complete calendar of season openers and other information, check out the DNR's website.