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DNR to host open houses on deer topics Aug. 26

A listing of area wildlife offices and telephone numbers is available on the DNR website. Area wildlife offices in northwest Minnesota include Baudette, Bemidji, Karlstad, Red Lake Wildlife Management Area, Roseau River WMA, Thief Lake WMA and Thief River Falls. People who can’t call or visit in person during the dedicated time can do so at their convenience, as well.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering open houses for people to discuss deer-related topics from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at area wildlife offices across the state. (Contributed/ Minnesota DNR)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering hunters the opportunity to talk with area wildlife managers about deer-related topics during open houses set for 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26.

Wildlife managers will be available at local area DNR offices across the state to discuss deer hunting and related topics either in person or by phone.

“We are happy to be able to open our doors for these discussions,” said Todd Froberg, the DNR’s acting big game program coordinator. “Phone lines will also be open and we’re looking forward to hearing your calls.”

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A listing of area wildlife offices and telephone numbers is available on the DNR website . Area wildlife offices in northwest Minnesota include Baudette, Bemidji, Karlstad, Red Lake Wildlife Management Area, Roseau River WMA, Thief Lake WMA and Thief River Falls.

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People who can’t call or visit in person during the dedicated time can do so at their convenience, as well.

In addition to discussing general questions about deer, people can talk with DNR staff about upcoming hunting season changes, provide topics that the DNR’s deer advisory committee should be aware of, and learn about other engagement opportunities throughout the year.

Regulations for the 2021 season are available online and wherever licenses are sold. The regulations reflect disease management needs, as well as feedback that was gathered from surveys, deer population goal-setting and calls from spring deer conversations.

The DNR began its deer open houses in 2018 with the release of the statewide deer management plan and has continued them as a way to encourage discussions about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication between the DNR and the public.

Deer open houses are just one way people can get involved with the deer season-setting process; others include online surveys and the DNR’s deer population goal-setting process.

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