Hunters can meet with local wildlife managers, discuss deer numbers and doe permits
Deer hunters and others interested in deer management in Minnesota can meet local wildlife staff and learn about upcoming hunting season changes at a series of local Department of Natural Resources meetings coming up in August.
These local, open house meetings are a way to encourage conversations about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication between the DNR and the public.
The DNR began holding the meetings last year with the release of its statewide deer management plan. Another round of meetings were held in March and April.
Barbara Keller, the DNR’s big game program leader, said the open house meetings are a chance for people “to learn more about specific regulations changes this year and get their questions answered as we approach hunting season. They also provide an opportunity for us to receive public input that will help us plan for the coming year.”
In addition to discussing general concerns about deer, individuals can ask DNR staff about last year’s harvest data, provide topics that the DNR’s deer advisory committee should be aware of, and discuss upcoming hunting season changes. Regulations for the 2019 season will be released in early August and reflect disease management needs, as well as feedback that was gathered from surveys and open house meetings in the spring.
The open houses do not include formal presentations; people can arrive any time during the scheduled meeting times.
The DNR encourages people who can’t attend a scheduled meeting, but who have questions about deer management, to contact a local wildlife manager. A list of area wildlife offices is available online at mndnr.gov/areas/wildlife.
In the Northland, the DNR deer meetings are set for:
- Aitkin, Aug. 21. 5-6:30 p.m., Aitkin Area DNR Office. 1200 Minnesota Ave.
- Bemidji, Aug. 29, 6-8 p.m., Bemidji City Hall, 317 Fourth St. NW
- Brainerd, Aug. 29, 5-7 p.m., Brainerd Area DNR Office, 1601 Minnesota Drive
- Cloquet/Carlton, Aug. 28, 5-7 p.m., Carlton County Transportation Building, 1630 County Road 61.
- Grand Rapids, Aug. 28, 5-6:30 p.m., Grand Rapids Regional DNR Office, 1201 E. Highway 2
- International Falls, Aug. 28, 5-6:30 p.m., International Falls Area DNR Office, 392 E. Highway 11.
- Iron Range/Tower, Aug. 27, 5-6:30 p.m., Mountain Iron Community Center, 8586 Enterprise Drive.
- Two Harbors/North Shore, Aug 20, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Two Harbors DNR office, 1568 County Highway 2.
The DNR released the Minnesota White-Tailed Deer Management Plan in July 2018, setting new goals and priorities, increasing formal opportunities for people to influence deer decisions, and aiming for a disease-free deer population. The plan was a result of two years of planning that involved statewide meetings and hundreds of in-depth conversations with the public and interest groups. The full plan is available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/deerplan.