Eight Ramsey County parks will either be closed or partially closed to the public over the next three months for controlled archery deer hunts.
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base, will conduct two three-day hunts in eight parks on a rotating schedule.
The county manages the deer population in parks and open spaces as part of a cooperative plan with the cities of Maplewood, Roseville, St. Paul, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Township. Deer population goals are set on an annual basis based on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recommendations for a healthy deer herd.
The second hunt will occur two to three weeks after the first by archers who have already been selected and permitted.
Hunt locations are Poplar Lake County Park in Shoreview and White Bear Township, Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park in White Bear Township, Battle Creek Regional Park in St. Paul and Maplewood, Fish Creek Open Space in Maplewood and St. Paul, Vadnais-Sucker Lakes Regional Park in Vadnais Heights, Rice Creek North Regional Trail in Shoreview, Pigs Eye Regional Park in St. Paul, and Turtle Creek Open Space and McCullough Park in Shoreview.
During the hunts, entire parks or portions of parks will be closed. The Battle Creek and Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes off-leash dog areas will be closed during the hunts; the Rice Creek North off-leash dog area will remain open.
Major paved trails through the Rice Creek North Regional Trail and Vadnais-Sucker Lake Regional Park will remain open for park users. Signs will be posted at common entry points in parks identifying open trails and areas where park visitors are requested to stay out.
For details on dates and times, go online to the Ramsey County website. Archers interested in participating in future hunts should visit mbrb.org.