Deer plan

White-tailed deer


Initial public input complete; meetings begin

Deer Management Plan Advisory Committee meeting in St. Paul

Overview of public input period

From Jan. 31 through March 5, DNR collected public input on the draft topic areas, goal statements and sub-topic areas being considered for inclusion in the deer management plan. Download the draft topic areas and sub-topics.

More than 500 people attended one of 13 public input meetings conducted throughout Minnesota. An additional 1,400 comments were submitted through an online questionnaire, email and mail. You can view the detailed response to comments.

Deer management plan advisory committee continues work

The committee has met monthly since December 2016 with the exception of the February public input period and will continue to meet monthly for the remainder of the deer planning process.

Each month, the committee has worked to identify shared goals and objectives for each draft topic area and provide information and feedback as DNR works to develop the deer plan.

A draft of the deer management plan will be completed in December 2017. The public will be invited to comment on the draft next winter.

Tentative committee timeline

The committee meeting schedule is listed below. All meetings will be held at the Sauk Rapids Government Center Community Room, 250 Summit Ave N, in Sauk Rapids, with the exception of Oct. 18 (location TBD).

Additional materials and information are available by request. Please email for more information.

Map of USA

Planning it out

A number of other states have developed plans to manage white-tailed deer.
View the list »

Male white-tailed deer in field

Deer: Then & now

Learn about the origins of the white-tailed deer in Minnesota and how DNR has managed them.
Download the backgrounder »

How to stay informed

Citizens who are not members of the Deer Management Plan Advisory Committee are encouraged to stay informed about the deer plan and opportunities to be involved by using this form to sign up for the Deer Notes e-mail newsletter.