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Thursday, August 19, 2010 Tri-County News Kimball, MN i)))Hnn111nl Page 13 II St. John's Abbey announces controlled deer hunt A heakhy deer population on the property of St. John's Abbey means hunters will have more opportunities this fall. St. John's goal is to assure a population level that will allow both adequate regeneration of the forest and a healthy deer herd on the Abbey's 2,700 acres. Interested hunters are invited to apply for permission to hunt antlerless deer at St. John's Nov. 6-7. St. John's will be closed to hunting at all other times because of sporting activities and student use of the land. All applications to hunt at St. John's must be received no later than Tuesday, Oct. 5. For more information, or to receive an appli- cation, call the St. John's Arbore- tum office at (320) 363-3163 or go to . A non-refundable $5 application fee is required with the completed application. For those selected by lottery there is an additional $30 fee to hunt at St. John's. Hunters under 18 are allowed only with an adult supervisor who will remain in close proximity throughout the hunt. The adult does not need to apply for a permit from St. John's if they do not carry a gun. To be eligible for the hunt, hunt- ers must applyto the DNR by Sept. 9 for an antlerless permit for area 218. Antlerless permits for area 215 are included in the license. About 30 hunters will be allowed hunting privileges on Abbey land in DNR permit area 218 (south of 1-94) and three hunters will be allowed in DNR permit area 215 (north of 1-94). An obligatory information and orientation meeting for all who receive permission to hunt will be held Thursday evening, Oct. 21, at St. John's. Twenty deer stands will be provided at strategic locations at St. John's All other stands must be temporary. Bow hunting is not permitted because of state law regarding this refuge. Only shot- guns will be allowed. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has approved this deer hunt on the St. John's State Game Refuge to assist in keep- ing the herd in balance within the area. Tom Kroll, St. John's Arbore- tum Director, laments that "efforts at reforestation in the St. John's woods, especially with oak, have been hampered because of heavy deer browsing on the young trees." The diversity of the area's wild flowers, herbs and shrubs on the been investigated but none has forest's floor has been diminished proven as safe or effective as hunt- by hungry deer as well. This dis- ing. St. John's remains a game ref- ruption of the ecological balance uge and the deer population is reg- of the area also affects the popu- ularly evaluated. More info and lations of birds and insects in the maps from the aerial survey are at woods. The number of deer killed the Arboretum website. by motor vehicles on the one-mile Signs will be posted at St. John's entrance road into St. John's raises during the hunt. Hikers, joggers a safetyissue of concern, and runners will be discouraged In January2009,St.John'shired from entering the woods during an aerial deer survey which indi- the hunting period. They will be cated about 15 deer per square allowed to enter the area provided mile. Studies indicate that forest they are wearing blaze orange regeneration can occur when deer apparel. Enforcement officers herds do not exceed 12 per square patrolling the mile. According to the Minnesota area will remove people found DNR, deer hunting is the preferred not in compliance with this safety solution to maintaining a healthy regulation. herd. Several other methods have Internet is fast. But you have to act even faster to get it. m.d m rkm mtlm Mml ANDre donl clwlo mm lot I FrontierFast High-Speed Internet now comes at a great price. 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