Three Rivers Park District actively works to keep white-tailed deer herds in balance with the available habitat. As part of its deer management plan, scheduled archery and shotgun hunts are offered at several parks.
Sharpshooting with trained staff is also used to remove deer from areas not suitable for hunting. Each year, aerial deer surveys are conducted in January or February to help determine where deer hunts should take place.
Shotgun hunts are held in Elm Creek and Carver Park Reserves on alternating years during the second weekend of the gun hunting season. Hunters are selected through the MN Department of Natural Resources Special hunt lottery. Hunters interested in participating can apply online through the MN Department of Natural Resources website or at a licensing station when purchasing a hunt license. The applications are due in early September. Selected hunters are required to attend an orientation meeting prior to the hunt.
This hunt is in zone 601, so hunters can buy unlimited bonus tags for antlerless bonus tags. These hunts require the use of non-lead ammunition. Hunters are restricted to shotguns and muzzleloaders. Pistols are not permitted.
Three Rivers Park District conducts special permit archery hunts in a number of its parks. Hunts currently take place in Baker, Crow-Hassan, Lake Rebecca, and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserves and Cleary Lake, Eagle Lake, Fish Lake, French, and Spring Lake Regional Parks, and also at Gale Woods Farm. The tentative dates for the 2018 hunts are listed below. The hunts are two 3-day hunts. One hunt period is early in the season and one is later. The hunts run Monday to Wednesday or Friday to Sunday depending on the park.
The Metro Bowhunters Resource Base (MBRB) is used to select the hunters. MBRB is open to all archers. Archers interested in the hunt can apply here. Applications through MBRB are due July 31 of each year. Selected hunters are required to attend an orientation meeting prior to the hunt.
- Cleary: Fri–Sun,Sept 28–30,Oct 26–28
- Crow-Hassan: Fri–Sun, Sept 28–30, Oct 26–28
- Murphy-Hanrehan: Fri–Sun, Sept 28–30, Oct 26–28
- Fish: Mon–Wed, Oct 1–3, Oct 29–31
- Coon Rapids Dam: Mon–Wed, Oct 1–3, Oct 29–31
- Gale Woods: Mon–Wed, Oct 1–3, Nov 5–7
- Baker: Fri–Sun, Oct 5–7, Nov 9–11
- French: Mon–Wed, Oct 8–10, Nov 5–7
- Spring Lake: Mon–Wed, Oct 8–10, Nov 5–7
- Eagle: Mon–Wed, Oct 15–17, Nov 12–14
- Rebecca: Fri–Sun, Dec 14–16
- Elm Creek: Sat–Sun, Nov 10–11
For questions, please contact the Three Rivers Park District Wildlife section at 763.694.7840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.