DNR proposes to extend firearm deer season in Duluth area to rid of deer–human conflicts

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DNR proposes to extend firearm deer season in Duluth area to rid of deer–human conflicts

May 1, 2014 Updated May 1, 2014 at 5:45 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The firearm deer season could be extended by one week each fall in Duluth and the surrounding areas.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources proposes it will reduce deer and human conflicts.

"Deer–human conflicts are common in the area, while hunter access is limited," DNR area wildlife manager in Cloquet, Chris Balzer, said. "Designating the area a metro deer management area emphasizes just how different this area is from other permit areas and gives local governments more flexibility to manage deer populations."

The DNR says they would allow unlimited harvest of antlerless deer during any open deer season in the area that now comprises deer permit area 182. Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor, Esko and Cloquet would be affected by the change.

"Despite a change in 2005 that altered boundaries so deer harvest could be set higher in this area, deer populations remain high," Balzer said. "The hope is that allowing hunting for an additional week and directly involving local governments will result in more deer being harvested."

The DNR adds that local governments would determine whether hunters could use bows, firearms or both within their jurisdictions.

The possibility of extending the firearm deer season will be discussed from 7–9 p.m. on Thursday, May 8 at the at the Environmental Protection Agency's Gitchee Gumee Conference Center in Duluth.

More information about this proposal along with an online comment form can be found starting May 9 by clicking here.

Ramona Marozas

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