Local wildlife managers across the state are again inviting the public to come to open house meetings to ask their deer-related questions and offer thoughts on deer issues.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is dedicating time from mid-August to early September to discuss deer-related topics including upcoming hunting regulation changes that will be released in early August. Specific time and full location details are available on the deer plan webpage at mndnr.gov/deerplan. The Glenwood Area DNR’s meeting will be held at the Glenwood Area DNR office at 23070 N. Lakeshore Dr. on Aug. 22 from 7-9 p.m.
These local, open-house meetings are a way to encourage conversations about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication between the DNR and the public.
The DNR began the meetings last year with the release of its statewide deer management plan. This is the second dedicated opportunity for conversation about deer-related topics this year; the first meetings were held in March and April.
“These events are great opportunities for people to learn more about specific regulations changes this year and get their questions answered as we approach hunting season,” said Barbara Keller, the DNR’s big game program leader. “They also provide an opportunity for us to receive public input that will help us plan for the coming year.”
In addition to discussing general concerns about deer, individuals can ask DNR staff about last year’s harvest data, provide topics that the DNR’s deer advisory committee should be aware of, and discuss upcoming hunting season changes. Regulations for the 2019 season will be released in early August and reflect disease management needs, as well as feedback that was gathered from surveys and open house meetings in the spring.
The open houses do not include formal presentations; people can arrive any time during the scheduled meeting times.
The DNR encourages people who can’t attend a scheduled meeting, but who have questions about deer management, to contact a local wildlife manager. A list of area wildlife offices is available online at mndnr.gov/areas/wildlife.More about the Minnesota deer management plan
The DNR released the Minnesota White-Tailed Deer Management Plan in July 2018, setting new goals and priorities, increasing formal opportunities for people to influence deer decisions, and aiming for a disease-free deer population.
The plan was a result of two years of planning that involved statewide meetings and hundreds of in-depth conversations with the public and interest groups. The full plan is available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/deerplan.