Lake Bemidji State Park open to visitors, deer hunters
BEMIDJI — During the special resource management deer hunt on Nov. 9-12, Lake Bemidji State Park will remain open but visitors are advised to wear blaze orange if they visit while the hunt is in progress. Some blaze orange vests and ball caps will be available to borrow at the park office.
Visitors should also check for hunt-related information at the park office when they arrive.
Hunts also will take place at other Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this fall and access to the parks will vary. Some will remain open to all visitors, some will have limited public access and some will be open only to hunters with special permits. The deadlines have passed for youth and adults to apply for a special permit to participate in the hunts, which include regular firearms, muzzleloader, and archery options.
“These annual resource management hunts help control the deer population at state parks,” said Ed Quinn, resource management consultant for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “Too many deer in one area can negatively affect native plants and the health of the ecosystem. In managing natural resources, we’re always striving for a sustainable balance.”
Details on which areas of each park will be affected by the special deer hunts are included in the “Visitor Alert” boxes on the individual park Web pages at mndnr.gov/parksandtrails. Park-specific information is also available by contacting the DNR Information Center at 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or at firstname.lastname@example.org.