Updated: 10/24/2013 9:20 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
Photo: MGN Online
Controlled archery deer hunts will take place in 10 Ramsey County parks this fall to help control the deer population.
According to the county, high deer populations can lead to more vehicle crashes and can impact vegetation at county parks. The hunts are organized by Ramsey County Parks and Recreation and the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base, and have been conducted the past 14 years as part of the county’s deer management plan.
County officials say signs will be posted at the parks during the hunts to remind visitors to stay clear, but most major hiking and biking trails will be open during the hunts.
The 2013 hunt locations and dates are:
• Otter Lake (Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park, White Bear Township): Oct. 4-6, Oct. 25-27
• Bald Eagle (Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park, White Bear Township): Oct. 4-6, Oct. 25-27
• Poplar Lake Open Space (Shoreview/White Bear Township): Oct. 4-6, Oct. 25-27
• Fish Creek Open Space (Maplewood/St. Paul): Oct. 11-13, Nov. 8-10
• Snail/Grass Lake (Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park, Shoreview): Oct. 11-13, Nov. 8-10
• Pig’s Eye (Battle Creek Regional Park, St. Paul): Oct. 11-13, Nov. 8-10
• Battle Creek Regional Park (St. Paul/Maplewood): Oct. 14-16, Nov. 11-13
• Vadnais Lake (Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park, Vadnais Heights): Oct. 21-23, Nov. 18-20
• Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township): Oct. 21-23, Nov. 18-20
• Turtle Creek Open Space (Shoreview): Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, Dec. 13-15
Any changes to the schedule will be announced on the Parks and Recreation website.