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Rydell refuge to be closed to general public during upcoming deer hunts

Bruce Roed (left) of Mentor, Minn., gives advice to Randy Anderson of Bagley, Minn., and Greg Anderson of St. Joseph, Minn., in October 2015 during the Options Accessible Deer Hunt at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge will be closed to the general public Thursday, Oct. 11 through Saturday, Oct. 13, for this year's hunt and again Oct. 27-28 for the annual Mentored Youth Hunt. (Photo/ Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald)

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, Minn., will be closed to the general public twice in the next few weeks for special deer hunts, refuge staff said.

The first closure is set for Thursday, Oct. 11 through Saturday, Oct. 13, when the refuge will be closed for the annual Accessible Deer Hunt. The refuge also will be closed to the general public Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 for the annual Mentored Youth Deer Hunt.

The Accessible Deer Hunt that gets underway Thursday is conducted in cooperation with the Options Resource Center for Independent Living in East Grand Forks. The Mentored Youth Deer Hunt is a cooperative effort with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for young hunters between the ages of 12 and 15.

Both hunts have a limited number of participants that were selected through a drawing earlier in the year. Signs will be posted at refuge entry points during both closures.

Additionally, despite misinformation printed in the 2018 Minnesota DNR Hunting and Trapping

Regulation Handbook, there will not be any deer hunting allowed on Rydell refuge during the general gun deer season, and refuge trails will be open for other public use.

For more information on the hunts or other refuge activities, contact Gregg Knutsen, refuge

manager, at (218) 687-2229 ext. 16 or by email at gregg_knutsen@fws.gov

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