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.
Archery hunters are selected using a preference lottery drawing conducted through the Park District. Applicants who are not selected gain preference for the next year. Successful applicants will be notified by mail. All other applicants will be notified by email.
2015 Archery Deer Hunt Application Form
A shotgun hunt for 2015 will be held in Carver Park Reserve November 14-15. Persons interested in this hunt must apply through the MN Dept of Natural Resources.
Archery Hunt Transition to Metro Bowhunters Resource Base (MBRB)
Three Rivers Park District has been conducting special permit archery hunts for over 30 years. A variety of programs have been used for selecting and managing archers.
In 2015, Three Rivers will continue hunts at Crow-Hassan and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserves. In addition to continuing the Cleary Lake hunt, two new hunts have been scheduled to be managed by MBRB. There will be no hunt scheduled at Gale Woods Farm.
MBRB Application Deadline is July 31, 2015
New MBRB hunts scheduled for 2015:
• French Regional Park - 6 permits will be issued with 1 zone
• Baker Park Reserve - 40 permits will be issued with 4 zones
Future changes to archery hunts
In 2018, the Crow-Hassan and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve archery hunts will be switched to MBRB hunts.
These archery hunts have had a large waiting list, and it has been determined that any hunter preference held by TRPD at the end of the 2017 hunts will not be transferred to MBRB.
To continue to participate in the Crow-Hassan or Murphy-Hanrehan archery hunts after 2017 you will need to sign up with MBRB. The interest in these hunts will remain high so you may want to start signing up for MBRB hunts prior to 2018 to build up preference.
• Crow-Hassan - 75 permits will be issued with 6 zones
• Murphy-Hanrehan - 90 permits will be issued with 6 zones
The archery hunts at Crow-Hassan and Murphy-Hanrehan will continue to accept new applicants for our scheduled hunts through 2017 although new applicants should realize they have a very slim chance of being selected before the transition to MBRB. The following recap shows that the current database has preference hunters that will almost fill our selected hunt lists through 2017.
Crow-Hassan (CH) - Based on applications submitted for the 2014 hunt
There are 414 CH hunters in the database with a preference of "1" or greater for the 2015 application process. Based on selecting 130 hunters each year for 2015-2016-2017, there will be some hunters that have a current preference of "1" that will not be selected prior to the transition to MBRB in 2018.
Murphy-Hanrehan (MH) - Based on applications submitted for the 2014 hunt
There are 487 MH hunters in the database with a preference of "1" or greater for the 2015 application process. Based on selecting 180 hunters each year for 2015-2016-2017, all hunters with a current preference of "1" or greater would be selected to hunt prior to the transition to MBRB in 2018.
For questions, please contact the Three Rivers Park District Wildlife section at 763.694.7840 or firstname.lastname@example.org