DNR release: Sneak peek at interactive deer map
Hunters can now preview an interactive deer information tool being developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the deer map page at www.dnr.state.mn.us/deermap/index.
"This is our first step toward launching an online application that delivers useful information hunters need and want," said Steve Merchant, the DNR's wildlife populations and programs manager. "With the firearm deer season opening [this past] Saturday, it's an ideal time for hunters to take a look at the application, discuss it at camp and provide the DNR with some useful feedback."
The application works on mobile devices and in desktop web browsers. Instructions on how to use each version of the application are online. A link for user feedback also is provided.
Information viewable by clicking the "detail report" link includes harvest history, permit area designation and winter severity history. It also tells a hunter what type of land is in the permit area and how much public land is available.
"During the deer population goal-setting process, hunters made it clear they wanted more easily accessible and comprehensive information," Merchant said. "This is a first step in developing an interactive tool to meet those needs, and we encourage people to leave useful feedback DNR can use to refine and improve the application."