Archery deer hunters are invited to apply for permission to hunt deer on the St. John's Abbey Arboretum this upcoming fall.
This year, the Abbey is using an archery-only hunt beginning Saturday, Oct. 26 and ending Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. The scheduled hunt is the twelfth controlled deer hunt at St. John's since 1933.
The goal is to assure a population level that will allow both adequate regeneration of the forest and a healthy deer herd on the Abbey Arboretum's 2,700 acres. St. John's Abbey's intent is to reduce the deer population to a level that allows natural regeneration of the forest ecosystem that is essential to the long-term habitat of deer and other components of the ecosystem.
Applications to hunt at St. John’s must be received no later than Monday, Aug. 5 to participate in the lottery. Up to 100 archery hunters will be allowed on the property. After Monday, Aug. 5, it will be first come, first served if less than 100 slots are awarded in the lottery.
For more info or to receive an application, visit http://www.csbsju.edu/Arboretum/Stewardship/Projects/LandStewardship/DeerHunt.htm or call the St. John's Arboretum office at 320-363-3163. A non-refundable $5.00 application fee is required with the completed application. For those selected by lottery there is an additional $20.00 fee to hunt at Saint John's. This fee includes a free supper and training session on Friday, Oct. 4. Hunters under 18-years-old are allowed only with an adult supervisor.
To be eligible for the hunt, hunters must hold a valid MN DNR archery deer license and be willing to take an antlerless deer. Hunters will choose where to put their stands based on a lottery and hunters will be spread across the property.
St. John’s Abbey Arboretum is in DNR deer Areas 215 (north of I-94) and 218 (south of I-94.) Both are “managed” areas so a hunter can take up to two (2) deer with a combination of licenses.
Thomas Kroll, Land Manager and Arboretum Director, contributed information in this article.