Deer hunts scheduled at Dakota County parks

Several Dakota County parks will be closed periodically during select dates in November and December due to controlled deer hunts.

Hunts are scheduled at Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Miesville Ravine Park Reserve, and Spring Lake Park Reserve. To ensure the safety of residents, the parks will be closed to the public during the hunts, which are part of Dakota County’s deer management program. 

 Participants for the 2017 hunts were drawn via lottery and are eligible to participate if they attend a mandatory orientation and meet other hunting requirements. Archery hunts will take place at Lebanon Hills Regional Park and Spring Lake Park Reserve. Miesville Ravine Park Reserve will host shotgun and muzzleloader hunts. 

Deer management in the form of controlled archery hunts has taken place throughout the Dakota County park system since 1995. Controlling the deer population creates ecological conditions that encourage a healthy forest by reducing browsing on native understory plants. A greater diversity of ground plants and shrubs improves habitat for other wildlife.   Lower deer populations also reduce damage to crops, gardens and landscaping.  Reducing deer-car collisions and possible spread of deer-borne diseases are additional reasons for controlling deer numbers.

For more information about the hunts and to view boundary maps, please visit www.dakotacounty.us/parks and search “deer hunting.”

 

The parks will be closed during the dates and times listed below:

• Lebanon Hills Regional Park 

Nov. 6–8, 13–15 and 20–22

The park will be closed all day Nov. 6, 13, 20

The park will open at noon on the rest of the days.

 

• Miesville Ravine 

Park Reserve

Nov. 18–26 and Dec. 2–10 

The park will be closed all day during these dates.

 

• Spring Lake Park Reserve

Nov. 10–12 and 17–19

The west end of the park will be closed during these dates. 

Schaar’s Bluff area will remain open.

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