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Deer hunt allowed at Lake Carlos State Park

Special resource management deer hunts are scheduled to take place this fall at several Minnesota state parks -- including Lake Carlos State Park.

Access to parks around the state will vary during the hunts, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Lake Carlos State Park is included in a list of 19 parks that will remain open to all visitors during special hunts and parks with a portion of land open to hunters during hunting season.

The special hunt on Lake Carlos will be allowed November 3-6.

Statewide, some parks will remain open to all visitors, some will have limited public access and some will be open only to hunters with special permits.

The deadlines for youth and adults to apply for a special permit to participate in the hunts - which include regular firearms, muzzleloader and archery options - have passed.

For a list of parks that are open, partially open or closed during the 2012 hunting season, visit www.mndnr.gov(www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/hunting.html) or call the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-5157 or toll-free 1-888-646-6367, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The DNR advises anyone planning to visit a state park between now and December to look online or call ahead to find out whether a hunt is planned and confirm whether the park will be open.

The DNR also advises visitors to parks where hunts are planned to wear blaze orange, even if they will not be hunting. Visitors should check for hunt-related information at the park office when they arrive, look carefully for hunt-related signage and follow instructions.

"The DNR allows these annual resource management hunts as a way to help control the deer population at state parks," said Ed Quinn, resource management consultant for the DNR's Parks and Trails Division. "When there are too many deer in one area it can negatively impact the native plants and animals, and our goal is to ensure healthy, natural communities."

Quinn said the DNR appreciates the patience and understanding of visitors at parks where access will be limited during the hunts.

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