July 23, 2005
Changes for Local Deer Season
For everyone who thinks the deer population needs to be thinned out, I have some good news for you. I Recently read an article in East Central Outdoors, which is a Fishing, Hunting and Adventure Insert found in several metro area newspapers.
The article entitled Big changes in Store For Local Deer Hunters This Fall is about the new hunting regulations that are being put into effect for this fall.
The article was all factual so I will simply outline a few of the changes. These changes include and early antlerless season, zone realignments and the creation of a metro deer-hunting zone.
The changes were made to reduce the numbers of deer in high population zones and include the following.
Cited from article
#1. The DNR will hold two-day antlerless only hunts on Oct. 15-16 to lower deer populations in permit areas 225, 227, 236(north metro) and 209, 210, 401, 405, 406, (Northwestern Minnesota).
#2. Permit areas 401 through 409 will become part of Zone 2. This will create one continuous nine-day season instead of the current split seasons of two and four days.
#3. Zones 205, 211, 214, 283, and 284 will be moved to Zone 1 creating a 16 day season
#4. DNR will also create a metro deer zone.
#5. Hunters will now be able to tag deer on both their regular archery and regular firearms licenses (including muzzleloader), but only one buck will be allowed.
So what does all this mean?
Well it means that by the end of the hunting season there will be fewer deer, and that is a good thing because we all know that deer have a tendency to grow like weeds.
It seems like from this article that the DNR has done some extesive research and has come up with an effective plan to help thin the deer population. I know from personal experience that the deer population is really high. I have personaly hit two deer with my old car when I lived in Brainerd. It is good that the DNR is finally doing something about it.
Posted by: Chuck at July 23, 2005 5:00 PM
I really do agree with Shannon and Chuck on this issue. Deer population is creating more problem these days than before. I did hit a deer before and it damaged my car. And ever since I have been on the look out for deers. I work overnight and when ever I'm on my way to work I do see deers. Some time during the day light. I work in Playmouth. It's a good idea to hunt them down.
Posted by: Bill at July 23, 2005 7:12 PM