Public Input Meetings Set for Zone 3

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The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has set dates and times for southeastern Minnesota (Zone 3) public input meetings in January. Four public input meetings will be held from Jan. 13-16.

"Three meetings were originally planned, but a fourth was added to provide more coverage of the Zone 3 area, which extends from the southern Twin Cities metro area to the Iowa border," said Lou Cornicelli, big game specialist for the DNR Division of Wildlife.

The proposals, which were first announced in early December, would make significant changes to the Zone 3 season structure. The objective is to encourage more harvest of adult does to help keep the population under control. The proposed changes could also slightly increase buck survivorship in southeast Minnesota.

Under the basics proposals:

  • the first season (3A) hunt would be shortened from nine days to five days (Saturday through Wednesday); the season would open on the statewide firearms deer season opener. A limited number of either-sex permits will be available during the 3A season
  • the second season (3B) would be lengthened from 7 days to 9 days and begin the Saturday immediately following the close of the 3A season; multi-zone buck and all-season deer license holders would be able to participate in the 3B season as the season would be concurrent with other firearms seasons.

  • Jan. 13, 7-9 p.m., The Heintz Center Vocational Building commons area, 851 30th Ave. S.E., Rochester
  • Jan. 14, 7-9 p.m., Red Wing High School Cafeteria, 2451 Eagle Ridge Drive, Red Wing
  • Jan. 15, 7-9 p.m., Shakopee Youth Building - Lions Park, 1301 Adams St., Shakopee
  • Jan. 16, 7-9 p.m., Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical Building, Winona Technical College Student Center, 1250 Homer Road, Winona

The format for these meetings will be a 15- to 20-minute DNR presentation outlining the changes, followed by an opportunity for the public to give oral comments and fill out a survey.

"Attendance and input from the public are important components of setting direction for deer management in southeast Minnesota," Cornicelli said. In addition to the public meetings, the DNR is continuing to take comments by e-mail to [email protected]. Comments can be mailed to: DNR Division of Wildlife, Box 7, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4007