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DNR hosts open house for input on Game Refuge turkey hunting

With an increase to the wild turkey population in the area, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hosted an open house at the Crosslake Community Center on Tuesday, June 19, seeking input on opening the Crosslake Game Refuge to archery turkey hunting in both the spring and fall seasons.

Although only seven landowners attended the open house - with four of them in support of the expanded use - the DNR has received 75 responses to the idea via email, with nearly 50 of them in support.

"It looks like a majority of people are in support of the expanded use," said Christine Reisz, Brainerd area wildlife manager for the DNR. "Unless a whole bunch of people come forward and say they aren't interested, it will likely happen."

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

Reisz said many of the comments against allowing turkey hunting come either from landowners within the refuge concerned about trespassing, or from individuals who believe the refuge should not be open to hunting of any kind.

Public comments can be submitted by email to brainerd.wildlife@state.mn.us or by mail to: DNR Brainerd Area Wildlife, 1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401. Those looking to respond can do so until July 15.

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.

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