Minnesotans interested in being more actively involved in deer management can apply to serve on a Deer Advisory Committee that will help foster dialogue between the public and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

"We're following through on the commitment we made this past summer in our statewide deer management plan, which calls for us to form this committee," said Paul Telander, wildlife section chief for the DNR in St. Paul. "Committee members will play an important role in representing the breadth of deer management issues and discussing them with the DNR."

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The committee will be responsible for informing and advising the DNR about deer management issues, policies and programs.

The DNR wildlife section chief will appoint members to the committee for three-year terms. Membership on the committee will include representation from hunting organizations; unaffiliated hunting interests; non-hunting deer management values; and interests including agriculture, forestry, conservation, environmental, public health, local governments and others. The DNR also will coordinate with tribal representatives and partner agencies with knowledge about deer issues.

Previously, the DNR worked with a 20-member Deer Management Plan Advisory Committee that provided input and gave recommendations that helped in forming the statewide deer management plan. That committee finished its work after release of the plan in July 2018.

People interested in applying for a seat on the new committee have through Friday, Feb. 8, to submit applications. Information about the committee structure, functions, expectations of appointed members, and how to apply are available on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/deer or by calling (651) 259-5204.