The 2023 special permit archery hunt is planned to take place in Crosby Farm Regional Park and in Highland Park in the area behind Circus Juventas on October 9 – 11 and October 30 – November 1. Crosby Farm Regional Park will be closed to the public during these dates.
Ramsey County conducts special permit archery hunts each fall in partnership with the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base. The annual hunts have been conducted since 2000. All participating hunters attend a pre-hunt orientation, agree to special hunt rules and pass an archery safety class and shooting proficiency test. Archers may keep their deer or donate the venison to local food shelves.
Since 2008, St. Paul Parks and Recreation has worked cooperatively with Ramsey County on deer management efforts in St. Paul. Ramsey County manages the deer population in parks and open spaces as part of a cooperative plan with the cities of Maplewood, Roseville, St. Paul, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Township. Deer population goals are set on an annual basis based on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recommendations for a healthy deer herd. The county conducts aerial surveys each winter to measure population levels. When the surveys show that an area has population levels in excess of its goal, controlled hunts are used to reduce the population.