Nineteen individuals will provide input on deer management issues, serving on a new committee the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources created to foster the exchange of information and ideas between the agency and the public.
The DNR established this deer advisory committee as part of the 2019-2028 Minnesota White-tailed Deer Management Plan to enhance two-way dialogue with interest groups on specific deer management topics.
“We selected members to represent the breadth of deer management interests in Minnesota,” said Barbara Keller, the DNR’s big game program supervisor. “We’re really excited to begin a productive dialogue with this advisory group and see what new ideas, perspectives and input they can lend to deer management.”
Members represent varied interests in deer hunting and conservation, farming, urban deer issues and forest management across the state. Committee members will serve three-year terms. The committee will meet quarterly, with the first meeting set to occur later this summer. Committee member names are available on the DNR’s deer advisory committee webpage at http://bit.ly/DeerAdvisoryCommittee.
The DNR strives to maintain a healthy wild deer population that offers recreational and economic opportunities, while addressing conflicts between deer, people and other natural resources. Habitat management, hunting, research and monitoring are some of the primary tools used to manage the Minnesota deer population.