Deer hunts are scheduled at several of Minnesota’s state parks this fall to help control the deer population. When there are too many deer in an area, the native plants and animals can be negatively affected, state parks officials say.
Access to the parks will vary during these hunts. Some state parks will remain open to all visitors, some will have limited public access, and some will be open only to hunters with special permits.
Access will be “limited” at the following parks in Northeastern Minnesota: Cascade River State Park, George H. Crosby Manitou State Park, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Itasca State Park, Jay Cooke State Park, Lake Vermilion State Park, Savanna Portage State Park, Scenic State Park, Schoolcraft State Park, Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Temperance River State Park, Tettegouche State Park and Zippel Bay State Park.
“Limited” could mean the park is open both to visitors and to hunters, or it could mean that a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only. Check with the park before your visit. Plan to wear blaze orange.
The Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area near Gilbert will be closed during firearms deer season, Nov. 9-24.