Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Along with the Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Division of Parks and Recreation is in the fourth year of a research project evaluating the effectiveness of alternative harvest regulations on deer populations. The purpose of these regulations is to increase the harvest of antlerless deer. One of the regulations being evaluated is the earn-a-buck option where hunters get to take a buck once they've harvested an antlerless deer. The antlerless deer and the buck must both be harvested in the same park. The 11 earn-a-buck state parks are Beaver Creek Valley, Crow Wing, Frontenac, Great River Bluffs, Lake Bemidji, Lake Louise, Lake Maria, Maplewood, Saint Croix, Whitewater, and Wild River. The other regulation that is being evaluated is an antler-point restriction where, depending on the park being hunted, a deer must have a minimum of either three or four points on one side in order to be taken. For example, at Itasca and Savanna Portage state parks, a buck must have at least three antler points on one side to be taken. At Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, the requirement is at least four antler points on one side. For more information about access to Minnesota state parks during this fall's special deer hunts, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/deerhunt.