Deer at State Park

During the special resource management deer hunt November 12-15, 2015, Glacial Lakes State Park will remain open, but visitors are advised to wear blaze orange if they visit while the hunt is in progress.

Visitors should also check for hunt-related information at the park office when they arrive.

Hunts also will take place at other Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this fall, and access to the parks will vary. Some will remain open to all visitors, some will have limited public access and some will be open only to hunters with special permits. The deadlines have passed for youth and adults to apply for a special permit to participate in the hunts, which include regular firearms, muzzleloader and archery options.

“The primary purpose for holding special hunts is to reduce the impact of over-browsing by deer on native plant communities and tree regeneration,” said Ed Quinn, resource management consultant for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “We do our best to minimize the disruption to park visitors, but in some cases safety concerns require limiting access to the areas where hunting is allowed.”

The DNR thanks visitors for their patience and understanding at parks where access will be limited during the hunts.

For a list of parks that are open, partially open or closed during the 2015 hunting season, visit www.mndnr.gov (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/hunting.html) or contact the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 (888-646-6367 toll free) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or at info.dnr@state.mn.us. Details on which areas of each park will be affected by the special deer hunts also are included in the “Visitor Alert” boxes on the individual park Web pages at www.mndnr.gov (www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks).