Some Three Rivers Parks Will Close For Scheduled Deer Hunts

September 28, 2017

Three Rivers Park District will conduct scheduled deer hunts intended to keep deer herds in balance with available habitat. THis will necessitate the closing, or partial closing, of parks where the hunts are taking place.

Smaller archery deer hunts will take place in a number of parks throughout the Park District that will result in only partial Closing of the parks. Some parks with these smaller hunts will allow access to paved trails, dog off-leash areas, and picnic areas during the hunt period. Guests are asked to obey signage during the hunts. These hunts include:

Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake  Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Oct. 27-29
Fish Lake Regional Park, Maple Grove Oct. 2-4 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park Oct. 2-4 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Gale Woods Farm , Minnetrista Oct. 4-6 Nov. 8-10
Baker Park Reserve, Medina Oct. 6-8 Nov. 10-12
French Regional Park, Plymouth Oct. 9-11 Oct. 30-Nov.1
Spring Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake Oct. 9-11 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Eagle Lake Regional Park, Plymouth Oct. 16-18 Nov. 13-15

From Oct. 27 to 29, Crow-Hassan Park Reserve (cities of Hanover and Rogers) and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Savage) will be holding large archery hunts. During the archery hunts, these parks will be closed; however, the dog off-leash area at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve will remain open.

A shotgun deer hunt is scheduled for Nov. 11-12 at Carver Park Reserve, Victoria. A youth mentored shotgun hunt is scheduled for Nov. 24-26 at Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Rockford. During the shotgun hunts, these parks will be closed.

Three Rivers Park District selects a limited number of archery hunters by a preference lottery through the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base (MBRB). A limited number of shotgun hunters are selected by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Hunters have already been selected for this year's hunts.

In addition to temporarily closing the parks to the public, the Park District takes several measures to ensure the safety of nearby residents. For parks that have homes located adjacent to park borders, shotgun hunting boundaries are established well within park property. Hunters may not go beyond these boundaries unless they are accompanied by a Park Police officer. In addition, all shotgun hunters must attend a pre-hunt orientation that stresses firearm safety procedures. Deer hunters must also follow all applicable DNR regulations.

About Three Rivers Park District

Three Rivers Park District is a natural resources-based park system that manages park reserves, regional parks, regional trails and special-use facilities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Park District offer facilities for every season, including picnicking, swimming, creative play, boating, fishing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, golf, camping and sledding; extensive trails for hiking, biking, in-line skating, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as program sites for nature, recreation, historic and farm education.

Three Rivers Park District's mission is to promote environmental stewardship through recreation and education in a natural resources-based park system. The Park District owns and operates over 27,000 acres and serves nearly 11 million visitors a year.

Contact: 

Tom Knisely
Media Relations Specialist
763.694.7617
tknisely@threeriversparkdistrict.org