White-tailed deer

Management

Fish & Wildlife

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Deer populations & goals

2015 goals

Goals listed below reflect the desired change in deer population from 2014 levels. Click the block heading or permit area for more information. Additional resources related to goal setting are listed after the goal listings.

Goal-Setting Block 1

Area Goal
117 Stabilize
122 ↑ 25%
126 ↑ 25%
127 Stabilize
180 ↑ 25%
2015 deer goal map
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Goal-Setting Block 2

Area Goal
169 ↑ 50%
172 ↑ 25%
184 ↑ 50%
197 ↑ 50%
210 ↑ 50%
298 ↑ 50%

Goal-Setting Block 3

Area Goal
241 Stabilize
242 ↑ 25%
246 ↑ 25%
248 ↑ 25%
251 ↑ 25% *
258 ↑ 25%
259 ↑ 25%
287 Stabilize
* Communicate desired goal to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service refuge managers

Goal-Setting Block 4

Area Goal
152 ↑ 50%
155 ↑ 25%
156 ↑ 50%
157 ↑ 25%
159 ↑ 50%
183 ↑ 50%
221 ↑ 50%
222 ↑ 50%
225 ↑ 25%
247 Stabilize
249 ↑ 50%
* Communicate desired goal to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service refuge managers

Goal-Setting Block 5

Area Goal
219 ↑ 25%
223 ↑ 25%
224 ↑ 50% *
227 Stabilize
229 ↑ 25%
235 ↑ 25%
236 ↑ 25%
285 ↑ 25%
338 ↑ 25%
339 ↑ 25%

Goal setting resources

Minnesota map showing outline of deer goal-setting blocks

 •G3 survey conducted summer 2014
 •G1, G2, G4, G5 surveys conducted fall-winter 2014-2015
 •G7, G8, G9 surveys conducted fall-winter 2015-2016

Hunter and landowner survey results

Reports include information about hunter satisfaction
 •Full report (includes all blocks from all years)

2015-2016

 •Sand Plain-Big Woods - Block 7
 •Sand Plain-Big Woods - Block 8
 •Sand Plain-Big Woods - Block 9

2014-2015

 •Superior Uplands Arrowhead - Block 1
 •North Central Plains Moraines - Block 2
 •East Central Uplands - Block 4
 •Sand Plain-Big Woods - Block 5

2014

 •Pine Moraines - Block 3

2013

 •Southeastern Minnesota landowner survey
 •Southeastern Minnesota deer hunter survey

Background information

 •Superior Uplands Arrowhead - Block 1
 •North Central Plains Moraines - Block 2
 •Pine Moraines - Block 3
 •East Central Uplands - Block 4
 •Sand Plain-Big Woods - Block 5

Advisory team recommendation

 •Superior Uplands Arrowhead - Block 1
 •North Central Plains Moraines - Block 2
 •Pine Moraines - Block 3
 •East Central Uplands - Block 4
 •Sand Plain-Big Woods - Block 5

Final 2015 deer goal setting reports

 •Superior Uplands Arrowhead - Block 1
 •North Central Plains Moraines - Block 2
 •Pine Moraines - Block 3
 •East Central Uplands - Block 4
 •Sand Plain-Big Woods - Block 5

2014 deer harvest report

Public comments & response

A complete summary of DNR response to public comments.

2014 goal setting

More deer in much of southeastern Minnesota is the anticipated outcome of a citizen-led deer population goal-setting process that increases deer numbers in five of the nine permit areas under review. DNR increased goal densities in deer permit areas 341, 342, 345, 347 and 348. Permit areas 343, 346 and 349 will maintain existing goal densities. Whitewater Wildlife Management Area, permit area 344, will maintain current densities.

Materials DNR wildlife staff provided to advisory team members and the public during the goal-setting process are available for public review. Contact Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader, at 651-259-5198 or send an email to leslie.mcinenly@state.mn.us to receive these materials.