Dakota County has managed deer populations in its parks by using controlled hunts. Controlling deer populations contributes to natural reforestation and reduces damage to agricultural crops and landscaping.
Reducing deer populations also improves the parks’ habitat for other wildlife that benefit from diverse ground and shrub layer plants.
Deer Hunt Locations
Park closure dates
Dakota County Parks will be closed for controlled deer hunts at the following dates and times:
Lebanon Hills Regional Park: Nov. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 from 5 a.m.-noon
Spring Lake Park Reserve (western contiguous portion only): Nov. 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 from 5 a.m.-10 p.m.
Miesville Ravine Park Reserve: Nov. 23-Dec. 1
To be eligible for hunting, you must complete an online application. Apply now.