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
Deer hunt lottery registration now open
Online applications for the deer hunt lottery are now being accepted. Go to the parks registration system to complete an application.
Changes to 2015 deer hunting
In 2015, Dakota County will be implementing changes to the deer hunt and its registration process. These changes will not only improve the process and experience for hunters, but will also account for current County development plans. Dakota County is implementing the following changes:
- Applicants will apply online and a lottery system will be used again to select the hunt participants. The application process will be open for about 2 months and a lottery drawing will occur after the application site closes. Payment will be due after participants are selected.
- For hunter safety and success, hunters will be allowed to set up their stands the afternoon before the hunt.
- There will not be a hunt at Spring Lake Park Reserve again this year due to construction of the Mississippi River Regional Trail but hunts will most likely resume in future years.
Lottery applications open: July 20, 10 a.m.
Lottery applications close: Sept. 1, 3 p.m.
Notifications to lottery applicants sent out: By Sept. 18
Payments due: By Oct. 2
Lebanon Hills hunt begins: Nov. 2
Miesville Ravine hunt begins: Nov. 21
Park closure dates
Dakota County Parks will be closed for controlled deer hunts at the following dates and times:
Lebanon Hills Regional Park: Nov. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 5 a.m.-noon
Miesville Ravine Park Reserve: Nov. 21-29, all day
To be eligible for hunting, you must complete an online application, and you must obtain a valid hunting license from the Minnesota DNR prior to the hunt.