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DNR Announces 1st Plan to Manage Minnesota Deer Population

DNR Announces 1st Plan to Manage Minnesota Deer Population Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: July 24, 2018 09:34 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has outlined the state's first deer management plan.

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The plan announced Tuesday seeks a target harvest of 200,000 whitetails. The plan is the result of a two-year effort that included meetings around Minnesota and input from a 19-member citizen advisory committee.

DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr says the agency has listened, "and the plan reflects that."

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association had advocated for a yearly target harvest of 225,000 deer. The Star Tribune reports the plan calls for an annual harvest of 200,000 deer, after DNR deer biologists pushed for a target of 190,000 deer.

The plan also calls for annual "deer management discussions" around Minnesota.

The DNR says responding to chronic wasting disease in Minnesota's wild deer herd will be a top priority.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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