Read the committee charter to learn how this group of 20 citizens will directly assist DNR as it develops and launches Minnesota's first-ever deer management plan in Spring 2018.
Twenty citizens were selected based on their knowledge of deer management; interests related to deer; familiarity with different areas of the state; and their interest and experience working collaboratively with a diverse group of individuals.
Committee members met for the eight time on August 16, 2017, at the Sauk Rapids Government Center to discuss draft topic area 4 in the deer management plan: hunter and non-hunter satisfaction.
In addition to discussions on hunter and non-hunter satisfaction, committee members also reviewed draft objectives and strategies from topic areas discussed at previous meetings.
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The 12 organizations with seats on the committee are:
The seven at-large committee members selected from more than 200 citizen applicants are:
The Deer Management Plan Advisory Committee met for the first time on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at DNR headquarters in St. Paul. Going forward, it is anticipated that the committee likely will meet monthly or as needed throughout the planning process.
January's meeting was tentatively set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the St. Cloud area. Additional details will follow. Later meeting locations and dates are not yet scheduled.
The first meeting focused on committee members familiarizing themselves with the deer plan process and getting to know each other. In addition, staff and committee members' shared their ideas and visions for deer management in Minnesota during the next 10 to 20 years.
During the afternoon, committee members spent time having individual, small group and large groups discussions on deer management goals, key issues and objectives. Members broadly categorized these goals, objectives and key issues. View the discussion's summary.
It is anticipated the committee will spend several months identifying shared goals and objectives before ultimately developing strategies for meeting those objectives.
The committee met for the second time on January 18 at the Sauk Rapids Government Center in Sauk Rapids.
The second meeting focused on committee members reviewing draft topic area and sub-topic, developed from DNR and previously gathered input, being considered for inclusion in the deer plan. These topics were presented and discussed at thirteen public engagement meetings and online input opportunities that occurred from Jan. 31-March 5.
The committee met for the third time on March 28, 2017 at the Sauk Rapids Government Center in Sauk Rapids.
DNR presented an overview and committee members discussed the public input received during the Jan. 31-March 5 input period, discussed DNR's current deer management program efforts and began to brainstorm about topic area 3: communication, information sharing, public involvement and accountability.
No new topic areas were identified during the public comment period. Thus, it was determined the committee will address one of the seven major topic areas each month, adjusting or revisiting topics as needed and as time allows.
The committee met for the fourth time on April 19, 2017, at the Watab Town hall in Watab.
Members discussed the draft objectives and strategies for Topic 3: Communications, Information Dissemination, Public Involvement and Accountability. Members we asked to consider whether the objectives and strategies addressed real needs, addressed issues raised by public comment and aligned with the DNR mission. Members were asked to identify any needed changes or additions.
Following initial committee discussion on the goal, objectives and strategies for each topic area(s) the DNR will incorporate input into the draft goal, objectives and strategies based on committee feedback. It will then be further refined internally by the DNR. The following month the committee will be updated on progress and any further changes related to each topic area.
Committee members met for the fifth time on May 17, 2017, at the Sauk Rapids Government Center.
Discussion focused on draft objectives and strategies for the topic of healthy deer. Members were asked to identify important strategies relating to healthy deer and offer additions or edits to strategies the DNR had proposed.
One such strategy members were asked to consider was a statewide ban on deer feeding as part of maintaining healthy deer populations. The committee has not yet finalized a recommendation on this proposal but is expected to do so before their next meeting on June 21.
DNR is currently incorporating the committee?s input into the draft goal, objectives and strategies. Objectives and strategies will then be further refined internally by the DNR and updates provided to the DMPAC regarding progress or changes.
Committee members met for the sixth time on June 21, 2017, at the Sauk Rapids Government Center.
Discussion focused on collaboratively developing strategies with DNR at the meeting. Committee members were asked to consider the key challenges and important facets related to habitat when considering these potential strategies.
Members identified their key priorities related to healthy habitat and DNR currently is working on drafting objectives and strategies that reflect these priorities. These draft strategies will be discussed at the July 19 meeting.
Committee members met for the seventh time on July 19, 2017, at the Sauk Rapids Government Center.
During the meeting, members discussed the draft objectives and strategies for topic area 6: impact of deer on other resources. Members were asked to engage with DNR staff in discussing options and processes for dealing with plant depredation by deer and with community based deer management.
Overall, the committee was supportive in exploring how more specialized hunting opportunities and information could be utilized or enhanced to support local deer management goals and objectives. In addition, members discussed how limited depredation monies could be increased or efforts focused to better mitigate negative deer human interactions on the land.