Engage with us in 2022
Opportunities to help use shape deer population goals for 28 of Minnesota's 130 deer permit areas begin Monday, Jan. 24. That's when we'll have our online questionnaire available to complete.
Questions we'll be asking will allow participants to indicate whether the deer population in a particular DPA should increase, decrease or stay the same and provide their rationale.
We'll close the questionnaire on Sunday, Feb. 13.
We're strongly encouraging people to attend a webinar before formulating their questionnaire responses. At each webinar, the DNR will present additional information about each goal-setting block, seek participant input and answer questions. The seminars are scheduled for:
- North central DPAs on Monday, Jan. 24 for these areas:
- Northeast DPAs on Wednesday, Jan. 26
- Southeast DPAs on Thursday, Jan. 27
For those who can't participate, webinars will be recorded and posted for online viewing.
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 so please join us.
For those who wish to connect directly with area wildlife managers on deer population goals for 2022, click on the area of Minnesota where the DPA in which you're interested is located and contact the area manager listed.
- North central
DPA Area office Area manager 169 Grand Rapids Mark Spoden 184 Park Rapids Erik Thorson 197 Grand Rapids Mark Spoden 210 Thief River Falls Doug Franke 241 Park Rapids Erik Thorson 246 Brainerd Christine Reisz 251 Park Rapids Erik Thorson 258 Park Rapids Erik Thorson 259 Park Rapids Erik Thorson 287 Park Rapids Erik Thorson 298 Park Rapids Erik Thorson
DPA Area office Area manager 341 Rochester Brandon Schad 342 Rochester Brandon Schad 343 Rochester Brandon Schad 344 Whitewater WMA Jamie Edwards 643 Rochester Brandon Schad 645 Rochester Brandon Schad 646 Rochester Brandon Schad 647 Rochester Brandon Schad 648 Rochester Brandon Schad 649 Rochester Brandon Schad 655 Owatonna Jeanine Vorland
Join a webinar
Audio conferenceFor any meeting listed, call one of the numbers below and enter the access code.
- Within the U.S.: 1-855-282-6330
- International: +1-415-655-0003
Goal setting information
- What is a goal?
The DNR sets deer population goals – how much of an increase or decrease is desired in a deer population in a particular deer permit area – as part of managing the state’s wild deer.
Deer population goals are updated in 15 regional goal-setting blocks comprised of multiple deer permit areas. The population goals established in each block provide direction for long-term management during the next 10 years, with a formal review every five years to assess if the goals are still headed in the right direction.
Goal-setting blocks and the DPAs that comprise them are established based on similar habitat, land uses, deer populations and deer hunter distribution. Discussing goals by blocks of DPAs informs management by grouping similar characteristics on which management decisions are based within specific areas.
These goals serve as reference points each year when DNR sets the deer hunting designation of each DPA. During that process, the DNR assesses whether the deer population in that DPA is above, below or at goal and sets bag limits and other regulations that will move the deer population toward that desired goal.
- 2022 goal-setting blocks
Superior Uplands - ArrowheadDPAs: 117, 118, 126, 130, 131, 133
Webinar: 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26
North Central Plains MorainesDPAs: 169, 184, 197, 210, 298
Webinar: 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24
Pine MorainesDPAs: 241, 246, 251, 258, 259, 287
Webinar: 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24
Blufflands PlateauDPAs: 341, 342, 343, 344, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655
Webinar: 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27
- Goal setting history
Information about deer population goals established for other goal-setting blocks in previous years can be found on the history page.