Bow hunters around Two Harbors are preparing for the city archery deer hunt. The bow-hunt will officially begin Saturday, Sept. 14, and run until Nov. 30.
Two Harbors resident and hunt organizer Andy Aug said he received 47 applications from hunters around the area and as far away as the Twin Cities for the returning bow hunt. The hunt was held in 2011 and 2012, but interest declined as only two hunters registered in 2013.
Aug brought the hunt back in an effort to manage the deer population within the city limits.
"They're not out of control, but they're getting close," Aug said. "So we want to manage the numbers by decreasing the herd to acceptable levels."
In order to do so, Aug worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists and conservation officers to research past citywide hunts and push for one this year. Together, they determined 20 doe tags would be the best option.
"This hunt is an 'earn a buck' format for 20 applicants for doe permits," Aug said. "So each archer would have to shoot and register a doe before they can pursue the other deer, does or bucks, with their regular archery license."
The maximum number of deer that could be shot throughout the hunt is 40, but Aug estimates that they'll likely see 25-30.
Each of the 20 hunters were required to attend an orientation meeting and pass a proficiency test administered by Aug.
Hunters will be allowed to hunt in five city-owned wooded zones:
- Area north of August Omtvedt Drive/west of CSAH 26;
- Area north of Harbor Hills Drive/south of Omtvedt Drive/ west of CSAH26;
- Area north of the former Shopko/east of CSAH26/west of Paul Antonich Drive;
- Area around golf course;
- Area behind cemetery (but not on CN property).
Hunters are also allowed to hunt on private property, but only with landowner consent.
New this year to the hunt is Aug's role as organizer. In the past, hunters had to register their deer with the Two Harbors police. Now they must contact Aug.
Aug is also available for questions and concerns from residents at 218-310-6869 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Basically, I want to remind people that the hunt is happening and that if people have any concerns or issues, you can contact me directly," Aug said.