Comments are being accepted through Wednesday, May 9, on a new deer plan that sets a statewide harvest target, increases citizen participation in deer management and outlines ways to keep the herd and habitat healthy.
Companion meetings to learn more about the plan are scheduled in 35 communities throughout the state. Comments won't be taken at the meetings but people can talk to local wildlife managers about the plan and ask questions.
The plan outlines a new approach to deer management that encourages dialogue among stakeholders, the public and DNR staff. The ultimate goal is to support Minnesota's hunting traditions, better engage the public and maintain sustainable, healthy deer populations in all areas of the state.
For more than a year, a 19-member citizens advisory group helped the DNR draft the deer plan, which doesn’t address the details of specific regulations or operational issues but rather plots a long-term strategic direction for managing wild deer.
Planning it out
A number of other states have developed plans to manage white-tailed deer.
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Deer: Then & now
Learn about the origins of the white-tailed deer in Minnesota and how DNR has managed them.
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