Deer hunters and others interested in deer management in Minnesota can meet local wildlife staff and learn about upcoming hunting season changes at a series of local Department of Natural Resources meetings over the next two weeks.

These local, open house meetings are a way to encourage conversations about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication between the DNR and the public.

The DNR began holding the meetings last year with the release of its statewide deer management plan. Another round of meetings were held in March and April.

In addition to discussing general concerns about deer, individuals can ask DNR staff about last year's harvest data, provide topics that the DNR's deer advisory committee should be aware of, and discuss upcoming hunting season changes. Regulations for the 2019 season will be released in early August and reflect disease management needs, as well as feedback that was gathered from surveys and open house meetings in the spring.

The open houses do not include formal presentations; people can arrive any time during the scheduled meeting times.

In the Northland, the DNR deer meetings are set for:

  • Two Harbors/North Shore, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 4-6:30 p.m., Two Harbors DNR office, 1568 County Highway 2.

  • Aitkin, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 5-6:30 p.m., Aitkin Area DNR Office, 1200 Minnesota Ave.

  • Iron Range/Tower, Aug. 27, 5-6:30 p.m., Mountain Iron Community Center, 8586 Enterprise Drive.

  • Cloquet/Carlton, Aug. 28, 5-7 p.m., Carlton County Transportation Building, 1630 County Road 61.

  • Grand Rapids, Aug. 28, 5-6:30 p.m., Grand Rapids Regional DNR Office, 1201 E. Highway 2.

  • International Falls, Aug. 28, 5-6:30 p.m., International Falls Area DNR Office, 392 E. Highway 11.

  • Bemidji, Aug. 29, 6-8 p.m., Bemidji City Hall, 317 Fourth St. NW.

  • Brainerd, Aug. 29, 5-7 p.m., Brainerd Area DNR Office, 1601 Minnesota Drive.