Winter's Impact on 2014 Deer hunting season

By KBJR News 1

Winter's Impact on 2014 Deer hunting season

March 10, 2014 Updated Mar 10, 2014 at 6:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) are inviting deer hunters to attend one of a series of listening sessions.

"We've been hearing that deer numbers are too low and this year's severe winter is exacerbating those concerns in many regions of the state," DNR big game program leader, Leslie McInenly, said.

The purpose of these listening sessions are to give deer hunters and the general public a chance to speak directly with DNR staff who make deer management decisions.

Sessions are from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.:
-Brainerd - Wednesday, March 19, Central Lakes Community College, 501 West College Drive, cafeteria.
-Cambridge - Thursday, March 20, Anoka Ramsey Community College, 300 Spirit River Drive South, rooms G201 and G202.
-Bemidji - Monday, March 24, Bemidji High School, 2900 Division St. West, auditorium.
-Morris - Tuesday, March 25, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 Minnesota Highway 329, Ag Country Auditorium.
-Nicollet - Thursday, March 27, Nicollet Conservation Club, 46045 471st Lane.
-Virginia - Tuesday, April 1, Mesabi Range College, 1001 Chestnut St. West, auditorium.

Online comments will be accepted as well beginning Wednesday, March 19 at this online database.

Ramona Marozas