Deer populations & goals

Engage with us in 2023

Opportunities to help us shape deer population goals for 23 of Minnesota's 130 deer permit areas continue through Monday, Feb. 13, when the goal-setting questionnaire for this year will be closed.

Areas included in this final year of goal setting are the East Central Uplands block (DPAs 52, 155, 156, 157, 159, 172, 183, 221, 222, 225, 248, 249, 604) and the Sand Plain/Big Woods block (DPAs 219, 223, 224, 227, 229, 235, 236, 285, 338, 605).

Anyone who has an interest in deer management is invited to give feedback on deer population trends in the areas where they live, work and recreate. Regardless of your affiliation or interactions with deer, we want to engage with you.

Questions we're asking allow participants to indicate whether the deer population in a particular DPA should increase, decrease or stay the same and provide their rationale.

How to participate

We encourage you to watch the informational webinar we conducted on Monday, Jan. 23, before formulating your questionnaire responses. DNR wildlife staff presented additional information about each goal-setting block and answered participant questions.
Watch the webinar

Review our information

We've provided information and our recommendation for each DPA included in this year's goal-setting blocks. Use the button below to review that information.
View goal-setting information

Engage with DNR

Use the button below to access and complete the online questionnaire by Monday, Feb. 13. If you have questions or need additional information, use the contact information provided for each DPA in the goal-setting information.
Complete the online questionnaire

Written comments

Instead of completing the online questionnaire, you may submit written comments via email or postal mail. Comments must be received by Monday, Feb. 13. We encourage you to view the informational webinar and our goal-setting information to learn more before submitting comments.

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Postal mail: Barb Keller; Fish and Wildlife Division; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; 500 Lafayette Rd.; St. Paul, MN; 55155-4020