St. Croix, Michigan State Park to Remain Open During Special Youth Deer Hunt Oct. 29-30

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During the special youth deer hunt Oct. 29-30, St. Croix State Park will remain open, but visitors are advised to wear blaze orange if they visit while the hunt is in progress. Visitors should also check for hunt-related information at the park office when they arrive.

Hunts will take place at several other Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this fall, and access to the parks will vary. Some will remain open to all visitors, some will have limited public access and some will be open only to hunters with special permits. The deadlines have passed for youth and adults to apply for a special permit to participate in the hunts, which include regular firearms, muzzleloader and archery options.

“The DNR allows these annual hunts as a way to help control the deer population at state parks,” said Ed Quinn, resource management coordinator for the DNR’s Division of Parks and Trails. “When there are too many deer in one area, the native plants and animals can be negatively affected. Our goal is to ensure healthy natural communities.”

DNR staff said they appreciate visitors’ patience and understanding at parks where access will be limited during the hunts.

Read more about which state parks are open, closed or partially closed during hunting season, or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free at 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Retired2hunt's picture

  I don't know if it such a


I don't know if it such a good idea to leave the park open to the general public while holding a youth hunt - or any other hunt for that matter.  While I am all for the general public to have access to the park an advisement to wear blaze orange instead of a requirement is less than what I would consider ensuring all of a safe enjoyment of the park.  This is a youth hunt and while these kids are taught hunter safety and ethics, by having more people within the park that are not hunting only adds a variable that is not needed.  I think this also can only lead to other trouble with non-hunting individuals who are not in favor of the hunt disturbing the youth and the program in whole.  I think it is a bad idea to leave the park open to non-hunting visitors.


numbnutz's picture

I always like to see that

I always like to see that state give youth hunter every chance possible to be sucessfull. By leaving the park open for the hunt it should give the kids a better oppertuinty to harvest a deer. In most parks he animals see little to no pressure what so ever since state parks ar typicaly closed to hunting. I like the reports lately that state have opened some parks to hunting to reduced deer populations. It's better to let the hunters take care of the problem rather than hiring sharpe shooter to do it. this way hunters get a chance they normally wouldn't get and the state is making money instead of spending it. I am a firm beleiver that it's a states responsibility to make every effort into helping young hunter harevst animals. If kids harevest aniaml they're more likely to stick with hunting and thats what our sport needs. I love how Oregon has opened and expanded the youth hunts in the state, So far it has been huge in recruiting and keeping kids focused on the outdoors instead of playing video games and joining gangs and causeing problem. Good job Minnesota for leaving the park open for the kids.