Amid Dwindling Deer Populations, DNR Asking for Hunters' Input on Management

Updated: 04/01/2014 11:21 PM
Created: 04/01/2014 10:46 PM

The harsh winter isn't going to help hunters already upset about low deer populations. Now the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking for their input on how deer management should move forward.

A couple dozen outdoor lovers gathered in Virginia on Tuesday night to do share their opinion on the issue. 

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is helping facilitate the conversation.

The group's executive director, Mark Johnson, says some hunters are willing to cut back to sustain the tradition.  

"Interestingly enough we're getting hunters that are giving ideas such as stop the season... maybe put a one or two year moratorium on the season, or have it just open for kids or have it go to bucks only," he said. 

The DNR will use those comments as they draw up plans this spring. 

Tuesday's event was the last of six listening sessions across Minnesota. 

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