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Crow Wing County updates Recreation Maps and Signage

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department has made significant updates to signage and maps on recreation trails and forest entrances on public forestland administered by Crow Wing County. The updates include all new maps for 23 trails totaling 232 miles, new kiosks at the trails heads of 11 “high use” trails, and 32 new green county-branded signs at the entrances to various county land access points and trail heads.

The new kiosks are a 3-panel design that includes a map showing all of the county administered trails for all uses as well as other regionally significant and state trail systems managed by other agencies and organizations in the area. The kiosks also include important information about recreation safety and other regulations.

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Early antlerless-only deer hunting season runs Oct. 19-22

Hunters in portions of southeastern Minnesota can harvest antlerless deer in an early antlerless-only season from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in deer permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603 in Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted and Winona counties, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“This hunt aims to reduce the deer population because of high deer densities that damage agricultural crops and other resources in three of these permit areas,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations manager. “This year the hunt includes permit area 603 as one of several ways to reduce deer numbers to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease.”

Populations in permit areas 346, 348 and 349 have been over the population goals established in 2014 for multiple seasons. The antlerless-only season would help move populations toward established goals and provide additional hunting opportunity.

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