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Deer & deer management surveys

Deer hunter & landowner surveys

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2013 Southwestern hunters & landowners attitudes Report

DNR surveyed southwest Minnesota deer hunters and individuals who owned 160 or more acres to assess hunter attitudes toward deer and deer management, hunt satisfaction and support for deer management regulations. For landowners, DNR evaluated perspectives on crop damage; deer hunting and deer management; and land use patterns. Both studies were similar to the southeast surveys.

2013 Southeastern landowner attitudes Report

DNR surveyed southeastern Minnesota individuals who owned 40 or more acres to evaluate perspectives on crop damage; deer hunting and deer management; and land use patterns.

2012 Southeastern hunters & landowners attitudes Multiple items

DNR surveyed southeast 3A and 3B deer hunters and landowners to evaluate the support for the southeast antler point restrictions, attitudes towards deer and deer management, hunt satisfaction and support for deer management regulations.
View: Hunter Report | Hunter Survey | Landowner Report | Landowner Survey

2009 Hunter demographics, attitudes & motivations Multiple items

Surveys were sent to southeastern and central Minnesota hunters to assess many of the same questions as the survey work conducted in 2005. Ultimately, DNR decided to pursue antler point restrictions in the southeast only.
View: Report | Central Survey | 3A Survey

2005 Hunter demographics, attitudes & motivations Multiple items

Mail surveys were conducted to provide baseline information on deer hunter demographics, attitudes and motivations regarding deer hunting, preference for regulation changes, and measure hunter satisfaction. Surveys were sent to hunters participating in early antlerless seasons, antler point restrictions and earn-a-buck hunts on state parks, and a control group of hunters for comparison purposes. The purpose of the project was to identify the hunter-preferred regulatory attributes that had the potential to increase antlerless deer harvest in Minnesota. The secondary objective was to increase the proportion of mature bucks in the population. This work ultimately laid the foundation for the antler point restrictions in southeastern Minnesota.
View: 2005 ADM Summary | 2005 ADM Report | 2005 ADM Survey | 2005 Park Report | 2005 Control Group Survey | 2005 Park APR Survey | 2005 Itasca APR Survey | 2005 EAB Survey | 2006 ADM Report | 2009 Article

2004 Alternative deer management Multiple items

With the increases in deer populations across the state in the early 2000s and the interest from some hunters to use regulations that would lead to more mature bucks, DNR began a multi-year effort to examine the feasibility of implementing regulations that would manage populations, increase the proportion of mature bucks and also have broad public support. The concept was first scoped in 2004 in northwest Minnesota in a phone survey that looked at hunter acceptance of different management options to decrease harvest pressure on antlered deer. Specifically, hunters were asked if they were willing to modify their traditional hunting behavior to relieve some harvest pressure on antlered deer and shift harvest pressure to antlerless deer.
View: Report | Survey

2002 Attitudes about deer management Multiple items

Deer hunters were surveyed to assess the opinions and attitudes of resident hunting license holders toward issues pertaining to deer management in Minnesota. It was a telephone survey that addressed a multitude of deer hunting issues.
View: Report | Survey

2000 Multi-zone buck hunters Report

A mail survey was conducted to get a better understanding of where and when multi-zone buck license buyers were hunting, and whether they were successful. Although this license was discontinued in 2008, the report has information on hunting effort and success.

Hunter & landowner goal setting surveys
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2016 Goal setting block 9 hunter & landowner survey Report

Survey focused on gathering hunter and landowner attitudes in block 9 of the Sand Plain-Big Woods deer goal-setting region before the goal-setting process began.

2016 Goal setting block 8 hunter & landowner survey Report

Survey focused on gathering hunter and landowner attitudes in block 8 of the Sand Plain-Big Woods deer goal-setting region before the goal-setting process began.

2016 Goal setting block 7 hunter & landowner survey Report

Survey focused on gathering hunter and landowner attitudes in block 7 of the Sand Plain-Big Woods deer goal-setting region before the goal-setting process began.

2015 Goal setting block 1 hunter & landowner survey Report

Survey focused on gathering hunter and landowner attitudes in block 1 of the Superior Uplands Arrowhead deer goal-setting region before the goal-setting process began.

2015 Goal setting block 2 hunter & landowner survey Report

Survey focused on gathering hunter and landowner attitudes in block 2 of the North Central Plains Moraines deer goal-setting region before the goal-setting process began.

2015 Goal setting block 4 hunter & landowner survey Report

Survey focused on gathering hunter and landowner attitudes in block 4 of the East Central Uplands deer goal-setting region before the goal-setting process began.

2015 Goal setting block 5 hunter & landowner survey Report

Survey focused on gathering hunter and landowner attitudes in block 5 of the Sand Plain-Big Woods deer goal-setting region before the goal-setting process began.

2014 Goal setting block 3 hunter & landowner survey Report

Survey focused on gathering hunter and landowner attitudes in block 3 of the Pine Moraines deer goal-setting region before the goal-setting process began.