Population Management. Minnesota DNR divides the state into many administrative zones to manage the wildlife ( i ncluding deer). Minnesota DNR Administrative Areas. 36 Wildlife Administrative Areas or “wildlife work areas” as depicted by the black lines on the area manager map
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Minnesota DNR divides the state into many administrative zones to manage the wildlife (including deer)
36 Wildlife Administrative Areas or “wildlife work areas” as depicted by the black lines on the area manager map
Each has an area wildlife manager who makes decisions regarding deer management and provides recommendations regarding season setting.
The forests of northern Minnesota create their own special blend of problems for wildlife managers and it is the responsibility of this group to help solve these problems.
The ecosystems inhabited by wildlife are not static and the group conducts research to better understand how wildlife responds to its changing environment. The winters of 1995-96 and 1996-97, for example, were two of the of the most severe on record and research by the group was instrumental in understanding how deer responded. This research will provide long term information on how deer respond to increased logging on their winter range. The group is internationally famous for its work on black bear population dynamics and methods for managing and studying bear are used throughout the world.
Winter severity, specifically snow depth and duration of snow cover, is the most critical factor affecting white-tailed deer survival in the northern forest.