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Several Three Rivers Parks Plans Partial Closure for Deer Hunts

Sep 20, 2018 07:01AM

(photo provided by Three Rivers Park District)

Several parks in the Three Rivers Park District will temporarily close for scheduled deer hunts in October and November. 

The 2018 deer hunt is "i
ntended to keep deer herds in balance with available habitat," according to a Three Rivers Park District press release. 

Archery deer hunts will take place in a number of parks throughout the Park District including:
  • Fish Lake Regional Park, Maple Grove Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 29-31 
  • Eagle Lake Regional Park, Plymouth Oct. 15-17 and Nov. 12-14
  • French Regional Park, Plymouth Oct. 8-10 and Nov. 5-7
  • Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Rogers Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 26-28
  • Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 29-31    
  • Baker Park Reserve, Medina Oct. 5-7 and Nov. 9-11  .
  • Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Rockford Dec. 14-16
  • Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista Oct. 1-3 and Nov. 5-7  
  • Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 26-28
  • Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Savage Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 26-28
  • Spring Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake Oct. 8-10 and Nov. 5-7

A shotgun deer hunt is scheduled Nov. 10-11 at Elm Creek Park Reserve, Dayton/Maple Grove. A youth mentored shotgun hunt is scheduled for Nov. 23-25, at Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Rockford. During the shotgun hunts, these parks will be closed.  

Three Rivers Park District selects a limited number of archery hunters by a preference lottery through the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base (MBRB). A limited number of shotgun hunters are selected by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 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. Hunters may not go beyond these boundaries unless they are accompanied by a Park Police officer," according to the Three Rivers Parks press release.

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