Minnesota DNR Announces 1st Plan to Manage Deer Population

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

July 25, 2018 06:36 AM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has outlined the state's first deer management plan.

The plan 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."

RELATED: DNR: Plan Released to Keep Deer Thriving, Preserve Hunting

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

RELATED: DNR's Draft Deer Management Plan Calls for Harvest Goal of 200K

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.

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