Controlled Deer Hunts Begin Oct. 9 at Several Ramsey County Park Locations

Ramsey County Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base (MBRB), will again conduct controlled archery deer hunts this fall throughout the county parks system.

Daylong hunts will be conducted at 10 park and trail locations on select dates in October and November. Two separate hunts will be held at each location. Each hunt period is three days long, with the second hunt occurring two to three weeks after the first.

Many of the locations are the same as those used in previous years. Tamarack Nature Center, located within Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park in White Bear Township, has been added back to the list of locations after no hunt was held at the center in 2014. In turn, no hunt will be conducted this year in the Bald Eagle section of the park.

Hunt locations and dates are:

• Otter Lake (Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park, White Bear Township), Oct. 9-11, Oct. 30-Nov. 1

• Poplar Lake Open Space (Shoreview/White Bear Township), Oct. 9-11, Oct. 30-Nov. 1

• Turtle Creek Open Space (Shoreview), Oct. 9-11, Oct. 30-Nov. 1

• Battle Creek Regional Park (St. Paul/Maplewood), Oct. 12-14, Nov. 9-11

• Fish Creek Open Space (Maplewood/St. Paul), Oct. 16-18, Nov. 13-15

• Snail Lake Marsh (Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park, Shoreview), Oct. 16-18, Nov. 13-15

• Pigís Eye (Battle Creek Regional Park, St. Paul), Oct. 16-18, Nov. 13-15

• Vadnais Lake (Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park, Vadnais Heights), Oct. 19-21, Nov. 16-18

• Rice Creek North Regional Trail (Shoreview), Oct. 19-21, Nov. 16-18

• Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township), Oct. 19-21, Nov. 16-18

During the hunts, entire parks or portions of a park may be closed. The Battle Creek and Otter Lake off-leash dog areas will be closed during hunts; the Rice Creek North off-leash area is expected to remain open. Efforts will be made to keep most major paved hiking and biking trails open. Signs will be posted at common entry points to parks where hunts are being conducted, and park visitors are requested to stay out of these areas.

Most hunts are held Friday through Sunday, with select hunts held Monday through Wednesday to help minimize the impact on weekend park and trail users.

This will be the 16th year Ramsey County has held the special permit hunts. The annual hunts, part of the Ramsey County Cooperative Deer Management Plan, address the countyís high deer population, which exceeds the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recommendations for a healthy herd. High deer populations impact park vegetation and public safety due to increased car collisions. In 2014, 88 deer were harvested during the hunts.

All participating hunters have passed a DNR archery safety class, a shooting proficiency test and have agreed to special hunt rules. Archers for the 2015 hunts have already been selected. Archers interested in participating in future hunts should contact MBRB and visit the organizationís website at www.mbrb.org.

About Ramsey County Parks and Recreation

The Ramsey County Parks and Recreation system encompasses more than 6,500 acres featuring regional parks, county parks, protected open space sites, regional trail corridors, five golf courses, 11 indoor ice arenas, Tamarack Nature Center and Battle Creek Waterworks water park. The department works to enhance the Ramsey County quality of life through the preservation and development of outdoor and special areas, as well as through offering a range of quality programming that enriches the communityís interaction and understanding of nature and recreational activities. For more information, visit parks.co.ramsey.mn.us or connect with the department on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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