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Posted on: October 17, 2022

Archery Hunts at Priory and Spoon Lake Preserves

Two deer feeding underneath a bird feeder at Maplewood Nature Center

Aerial surveys conducted by Ramsey County have shown high numbers of deer in natural areas north and south of Larpenteur, in less than a square mile of land. Numerous deer complaints from the Spoon Lake area were received in 2022. A healthy deer population should fall below a 15 deer per square mile of habitat. A high deer population impacts public safety through deer/vehicle collisions. In addition, a high deer population adversely affects vegetation in the preserves and surrounding neighborhoods. 

As part of Maplewood’s deer management program, archery hunts will be conducted at the Priory and Spoon Lake Preserves this fall. 

Removals will be held on the following dates:

Priory Preserve:

  • Friday – Sunday, October 21 - 23
  • Friday – Sunday, November 11 – 13

Spoon Lake Preserve:

  • Friday – Sunday, November 11 – 13
  • Friday – Sunday, December  2 - 4

During the hunts, the preserves are closed to the public. Preserve closed signs will be posted at the preserve entrances.

The removals are being held with the assistance of the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base.  Archers for this year’s hunt have already been selected.  All participating hunters have taken a DNR archery safety class and must pass a shooting proficiency test.

If you have questions about the archery hunts at the preserves, please contact Carole Gernes at 651-249-2416.

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