Minnesota DNR To Reassess Deer Population Goals
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin reassessing deer population goals this spring.
From 2005 through 2007 the DNR used an extensive public input process to establish deer population goals for all of the state’s approximately 130 deer permit areas. Now that those goal populations have been achieved in most areas, the DNR will use a similar process to reevaluate population goals in 23 permit areas in southwestern and north-central Minnesota.
Evidently many hunters have expressed dissatisfaction as deer numbers have decreased to meet these established goals. The DNR says it will revisit population goals in order to strike the right balance between hunter, landowner and other societal and resource interests.