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Public comments sought on allowing archery hunting of wild turkey at Crosslake Game Refuge

"Before we expand the use to include spring and fall turkey hunts, we want to hear from the public about how their public land resources are managed," said Brainerd area wildlife manager Christine Reisz.

Anyone interested in the Crosslake Game Refuge is invited to comment through July 15 on a proposal to expand its current uses to allow archery hunting for wild turkey, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

"With the growing number of wild turkeys in the area, we've seen an uptick in the number of people interested in harvesting a wild turkey," said Brainerd area wildlife manager Christine Reisz. "Before we expand the use to include spring and fall turkey hunts, we want to hear from the public about how their public land resources are managed."

A public open house with DNR wildlife staff is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road.

There will be no formal presentation at the meeting so attendees can arrive any time. DNR wildlife staff will be present to answer questions.

The game refuge is currently open to trapping and to archery hunting for both deer and bear.

Public comments can be submitted in writing at the open house.

Those who cannot attend are encouraged to submit comments by email to brainerd.wildlifeDNR Brainerd Area Wildlife, 1601 Minnesota Drive.

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