Madelia, Minn. DNR researchers in southern Minnesota soon will be soaring above the terrain, counting deer, according to Bob Osborn, DNR wildlife research biologist in Madelia.

This winter, the department hopes to conduct aerial surveys of
permit areas 342, 347, and 349, which includes Fillmore, Houston,
and Wabasha counties. Surveys will be conducted from late January
until the end of March, if weather cooperates.

The surveys will evaluate the DNR’s Farmland Deer Model, which
is used to determine the number of antlerless permits offered for
the fall hunting seasons. Osborn said it’s been several years since
these permit areas were last surveyed; the data collected will help
the department test the performance of the model in those
areas.

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