DNR, MDHA ‘listening sessions’ include March 24 meeting in Bemidji

The Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association have announced the dates for their statewide “listening sessions,” and the meeting for northwest Minnesota is set for 7 to 9 p.m. March 24 in the Lumberjack Room of  Bemidji High School, 2900 W. Division St.

The listening sessions are open to all deer hunters.

“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,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. “These listening sessions will give deer hunters and the general public an opportunity to communicate directly with DNR staff who make deer management decisions.”

“Deer populations and health are important to MDHA members and all deer hunters,” said Mark Johnson, MDHA executive director. “We’re pleased to be able to offer these meetings so people regardless of their affiliation or interest can express their opinions on deer populations.”

Besides the Bemidji meeting, other listening sessions are scheduled in the following locations, all from 7 to 9 p.m.:

Brainerd: Wednesday, March 19, Central Lakes Community College, 501 West College Drive.

Cambridge: Thursday, March 20, Anoka Ramsey Community College, 300 Spirit River Drive South, rooms G201 and G202.

Morris: Tuesday, March 25, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 Minnesota Highway 329, Ag Country Auditorium.

Nicollet: Thursday, March 2, Nicollet Conservation Club, 46045 471st Lane.

Virginia: Tuesday, April 1, Mesabi Range College, 1001 Chestnut St. West, auditorium.

The DNR also will be accepting online comments beginning Wednesday, March 19, at mndnr.gov/deer.

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