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DNR seeks public’s input on deer numbers

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issued a release last week announcing that they will hold listening sessions on deer population management scheduled for later this winter throughout Minnesota that will provide citizens an opportunity to voice their opinions.

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The DNR and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) will co-sponsor the meetings. Meeting dates and locations will be announced later this month.

“We’ve been hearing from hunters who are concerned about current deer numbers and potential population impacts as a result of this winter,” Paul Telander, DNR wildlife section chief, said in the release. “These listening sessions provide an opportunity for direct interaction and communication.”

The sessions will be open to the general public. Anyone interested in deer management is encouraged to participate.  In addition to the public sessions, comments will be accepted on the DNR’s deer management Web page at www.mndnr.gov/deer.

“We appreciate the opportunity to work with the DNR and bring this discussion out to the different regions of the state,” MDHA executive director Mark Johnson said in the release. “In many areas of the state, our members are seeking changes to the deer hunting regulations that will increase the state’s deer population. We plan to work with the DNR to increase deer numbers in those areas and improve hunter satisfaction.”

Johnson said changes in harvest strategies are needed in the short-term. For the long-term, MDHA also will continue their work with the DNR and others on efforts to enhance deer habitat.

Information on the upcoming listening sessions will be announced to the media and posted online at www.mndnr.gov/deerand www.mndeerhunters.com. 

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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