Faribault Daily News:
During a special hunt to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources, Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park will be closed to all visitors on Dec. 1–2. 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 the permits to participate in the hunts, which include regular firearms, muzzleloader and archery options.
“Too many of one animal or plant species in an area can start to throw off the balance of other species in that area,” said Tavis Westbrook, Natural Resource Program coordinator for Minnesota State Parks and Trails. “When there are too many deer in a park, they feed too much on certain trees and native plants, so occasionally we allow deer hunts as a way to protect natural resources.”