Deer Hunts

Three Rivers Park District actively works to keep white-tailed deer herds in balance with the available habitat. As part of this deer management plan, scheduled archery and shotgun hunts are offered at several parks. Aerial deer surveys are conducted in January or February each year. Harvest results are available dating back to 1988. See aerial survey and harvest result details

Shotgun Hunt - 2016

A shotgun hunt will be held in Elm Creek Park Reserve November 12-13. Persons interested in this hunt can apply online through the MN Dept of Natural Resources website or at a licensing station when purchasing a hunt license. The 3-digit DNR special firearms hunt code for the Elm Creek Park Reserve hunt is needed to apply.

Archery Hunts - 2016

Three Rivers Park District has been conducting special permit archery hunts for over 30 years, using a variety of programs in selecting and managing archers. Currently, hunters are selected using a preference lottery. The Park District will continue this selection process for the 2016 and 2017 hunts at Crow-Hassan and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserves. New applicants are not being accepted for these hunts as the current hunt database has preference hunters that will fill our hunter lists through the 2017 hunts.

Archery Hunt Transition to Metro Bowhunters Resource Base (MBRB)

In 2018, the Crow-Hassan and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve archery hunts will transition to become hunts managed with MBRB. Interest in these hunts has been high so it may take several years to be selected. However, hunters can join MBRB prior to 2018 to begin to build up preference.

2018 MBRB hunt permit information
• Crow-Hassan - 75 permits will be issued for 6 zones
• Murphy-Hanrehan - 90 permits will be issued for 6 zones

2016 Park District Archery Hunts managed with MBRB 

MBRB application deadline was July 31, 2016.

  • Baker Park Reserve - 30 permits
  • Cleary Lake Regional Park - 22 permits
  • Fish Lake Regional Park - 5 permits
  • French Regional Park - 5 permits
  • Gale Woods Farm - 8 permits
  • Spring Lake Regional Park - 5 permits


For questions, please contact the Three Rivers Park District Wildlife section at 763.694.7840 or