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Hunters can weigh in on deer population

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: March 18, 2014 - 6:18 PM

Concerned about the deer population in your hunting area?

Beginning this week, hunters can to attend one of a series of  listening sessions jointly hosted by the Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA).

“We’ve been hearing that deer numbers are too low and this year’s severe winter is exacerbating those concerns in many regions of the state,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. “These listening sessions will give deer hunters and the general public an opportunity to communicate directly with DNR staff who make deer management decisions.”

“Deer populations and health are important to MDHA members and all deer hunters,” said Mark Johnson, MDHA executive director. “We’re pleased to be able to offer these meetings so people regardless of their affiliation or interest can express their opinions on deer populations.”

All listening sessions will be from 7-9 p.m. Meetings are scheduled in:

  • Brainerd - Wednesday, Central Lakes Community College, 501 West College Drive, cafeteria.
  • Cambridge - Thursday,  Anoka Ramsey Community College, 300 Spirit River Drive South, rooms G201 and G202.
  • Bemidji - Monday, March 24, Bemidji High School, 2900 Division St. West, auditorium.
  • Morris - Tuesday, March 25, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 Minnesota Highway 329, Ag Country Auditorium.
  • Nicollet - Thursday, March 27, Nicollet Conservation Club, 46045 471st Lane.
  • Virginia - Tuesday, April 1, Mesabi Range College, 1001 Chestnut St. West, auditorium.

Online comments also will be accepted beginning March 19 at


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