Several Three Rivers Parks to Temporarily Close for Deer Hunts
Oct 25, 2016 04:45PM
● By Wendy Erlien
The hunts, according to Three Rivers, are "intended to keep deer herds in balance with available habitat."
Crow-Hassan Park Reserve (Hanover/Rogers) and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Savage) will close for archery deer hunts Oct. 28-30. The off-leash dog area at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve will remain open.
At Elm Creek Park Reserve (Dayton/Maple Grove) a shotgun deer hunt is scheduled November 12-13. The park will be be closed during this time.
A youth mentored shotgun hunt is scheduled for November 25-27 at Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Rockford. The park will be be closed during this time.
Hunters have already been selected
for this year’s hunts.
"In addition to temporarily
closing the parks to the public, the park district takes several measures to
ensure the safety of nearby residents. For parks that have homes located
adjacent to park borders, shotgun hunting boundaries are established well within
park property," Three Rivers Park District stated in a release. "Hunters may not go beyond these boundaries unless they are
accompanied by a Park Police officer. In addition, all shotgun hunters must
attend a pre-hunt orientation that stresses firearm safety procedures. Deer
hunters must also follow all applicable DNR regulations."