Be part of Minnesota's deer planning process

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.

Draft plan

Comment

Community meetings

Additional information

Deer plan meetings

Metropolitan area (all meetings are 6-8 p.m.)

  • Forest Lake/Carlos Avery WMA, Tuesday, April 24, Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area, 5463 W Broadway, conference room
  • Richfield, Monday, April 30, Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Drive
  • Shakopee, Tuesday, April 24, Shakopee Area Wildlife Office, 7050 E Highway 101
  • St. Paul, Monday, April 23, DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road
  • Vermillion, Wednesday, April 25, Rosemount Research & Outreach Center, 16085 Alverno Ave.

Northwest communities (all meetings are 6-8 p.m.)

  • Baudette, Wednesday, April 18, Lake of the Woods School, 236 15th Ave. SW, IT room
  • Bemidji, Tuesday, April 24, Bemidji City Hall, 317 4th St. NW
  • Crookston, Monday, April 16, Crookston Public Library, 110 N Ash St.
  • Detroit Lakes, Thursday, April 26, Minnesota State Community College, 900 Minnesota Highway 34, campus auditorium
  • Fergus Falls, Wednesday, April 18, Fergus Falls Area Wildlife Office, 1509 First Ave. N
  • Glenwood, Thursday, April 19, Glenwood Area Wildlife Office, 23070 North Lakeshore Drive
  • Karlstad, Tuesday, April 17, Lake Bronson State Park Visitor's Center, 3793 2230th St., Lake Bronson
  • Park Rapids, Tuesday, April 17, Park Rapids Area Library, 210 1st St. W
  • Red Lake, Monday, April 16, Hayes Lake State Park, 48990 County Road 4, Roseau
  • Roseau, Tuesday, April 17, Roseau County Courthouse, 606 5th Ave. SW
  • Thief Lake, Wednesday, April 18, Thief Lake Area Wildlife Office, 42280 240th Ave. NE, Middle River
  • Thief River Falls, Tuesday, April 24, Thief River Falls Area Wildlife Office, 246 125th Ave. NE

Northeast communities (all meetings are 6-8 p.m.)

  • Aitkin, Tuesday, April 17, Aitkin Area DNR Office, 1200 Minnesota Ave S
  • Brainerd, Wednesday, April 18, Brainerd Area DNR Office, 1601 Minnesota Drive, lower conference room
  • Cloquet , Wednesday, April 25, Carlton County Transportation and Tax Forfeit Land Department Building, 1630 County Road 61
  • Grand Rapids, Thursday, April 26, Grand Rapids Regional DNR Office, 1201 E Highway 2, upstairs conference room
  • International Falls, Tuesday, April 24, Rainy River Community College, 1501 Highway 71, room H124
  • Tower, Wednesday, April 18, Mountain Iron Community Center, 8586 Enterprise Drive
  • Two Harbors, Thursday, April 26, Two Harbors Area Wildlife Office, 1568 Highway 2

Central & southeast communities (all meetings are 6-8 p.m.)

  • Cambridge, Thursday, April 26, Cambridge Area Wildlife Office, 800 Oak Savanna Lane SW
  • Carlos Avery/Forest Lake, Tuesday, April 24, Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area, 5463 W Broadway, conference room
  • Little Falls, Tuesday, April 24, Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, 19502 Iris Road
  • Mille Lacs, Monday, April 23, Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area Office, 29172 100th Avenue
  • Richfield, Monday, April 30, Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Drive
  • Rochester, Tuesday, April 24, Willow Creek Middle School, 2425 11th Ave. SE
  • Sauk Rapids, Thursday, April 19, Sauk Rapids Area DNR Office, 1035 South Benton Drive
  • Shakopee, Tuesday, April 24, Shakopee Area Wildlife Office, 7050 E Highway 101
  • St. Paul, Monday, April 23, DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road
  • Vermillion, Wednesday, April 25, Rosemount Research & Outreach Center, 16085 Alverno Ave.
  • Whitewater, Thursday, April 26, Whitewater Wildlife Management Area Office, 15035 Highway 74

South & west communities (all meetings are 6-8 p.m.)

  • Lac qui Parle and Appleton, Tuesday, April 24, Lac Qui Parle Area DNR Headquarters, 14047 20th St. NW, Watson
  • Marshall, Tuesday, April 17, Marshall Area DNR Office, 1400 E Lyon
  • New London, Tuesday, April 17, MnDOT District 8, 2505 Transportation Road, Willmar
  • Nicollet, Monday, April 16, Nicollet Conservation Club, 46045 471st Lane
  • Owatonna, Thursday, April 19, Cabela's, 3900 Cabela Drive
  • Slayton/Talcot, Wednesday, April 18, Slayton Pizza Ranch, 2306 Broadway Avenue, Slayton
  • Windom, Thursday, April 26, Windom Community Center, 1750 Cottonwood Lake Drive
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Planning it out

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Deer: Then & now

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