Anyone can help shape deer population goals in western Minnesota by providing feedback to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources via an online survey open now through March 30. People can review goal recommendations that resulted from a combination of input from goal-setting workshops in January and February, work by DNR wildlife biologists, and the results of hunter and landowner surveys. This is the final round of public input for these areas before the DNR sets the population goals for the next 10 years.
Minnesotans who have thoughts about deer populations in their area are invited to call or email their local wildlife manager by Wednesday, April 1. The DNR had originally scheduled open houses this spring to gather feedback on deer populations, but were canceled with COVID-19 precautions. The DNR will use the feedback to make decisions regarding future deer seasons.