Wild River park to close during special deer hunt Nov. 3-5

From the Minnesota DNR

Wild River State Park will be closed during a special resource management deer hunt Nov. 3-5, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

During this time period, to ensure public safety, park access will be restricted to only those individuals possessing a special park deer hunt permit. The park will re-open to the general public on Nov. 6.

The hunt will involve 75 hunters who applied for permits this past summer and were selected through a drawing that was conducted in early October.

Hunts also will take place at other Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this fall. 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, muzzle loader and archery options.

“The DNR allows these annual resource management hunts as a way to help control the deer population at state parks,” said Ed Quinn, resource management consultant for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “When there are too many deer in one area, it can negatively impact the native plants and animals. Our goal is to ensure healthy natural communities.”

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

Details on which areas of each park will be affected by the special deer hunts are included in the “Visitor Alert!” boxes on the individual park Web pages at www.dnr.state.mn.us/parksandtrails/index.html.

Park-specific information is available by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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