This year, the City of Grand Rapids, along with the Minnesota DNR, will again be conducting a special city deer hunt. The hunt will be an intensive harvest with a five deer limit and include archery, regular firearms, and muzzleloader.
The firearms safety zone map of the city
indicates where various hunting types are allowed and which areas are closed. Archery hunters may apply for the hunt at the Police Department at any time throughout the hunting season. There is a $20 charge for the permit. Regular firearms and muzzleloader hunters may apply through the DNR electronic license system (ELS). The application deadline is September 8, 2016.
See our FAQ below for additional details. Remember to use the special hunt number when registering your harvested deer so we can account for all harvested deer, which allows us to better manage the herd.
Grand Rapids has conducted a special deer hunt the past three years to try to reduce deer numbers with the city limits. Favorable habitat, no natural predators, and limited hunting opportunity within the city result in high deer numbers. Abundant deer result in public safety issues with deer/vehicle collisions and depredation on gardens and ornamental vegetation. Allowing a multiple deer limit allows hunters to take additional deer in favorable locations and hopefully reduce the overall population.
To learn more about the deer hunt and how to obtain permits, access the documents below. For questions about the hunt, please contact Assistant Police Chief Steve Schaar at 218-326-7632.
Click here to access the deer hunt FAQ.
Click here to view a map of the City of Grand Rapids Firearms Zones.