The DNR is hosting the second of two workshops to gather input on deer management and receive feedback on future deer population trends in the West Central Prairie goal block and Central Hills Prairie goal block.

The West Central Prairie goal block workshop (DPAs 262, 265, 266, 269, 270, 271, 272 and 297) will be held February 24, 6 to 9 p.m., in Moorhead at the Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Oscar Bergos Center Northwest Room, 1900 28th Ave. S.

The Central Hills Prairie goal block workshop (DPAs 213, 214, 215, 218, 239, 240, 273, 276 and 277) will be held February 25, 6 to 9 p.m., in Alexandria at the Alexandria Technical and Community College auditorium and classroom, 410 18th Ave.

Participants will discuss solutions to the issues brought forward in the first workshop and create recommendations for the deer populations in those blocks.

Anyone may attend these workshops, regardless of affiliation or knowledge of the process. Background information will be provided. Attendees are highly encouraged to RSVP on the DNR goal-setting webpage.

The DNR sets deer population goals – how much of an increase or decrease is desired in a deer population in a particular deer permit area – as part of managing the state’s wild deer herd. Deer population goals will be updated on a staggered basis in 14 regional goal-setting blocks that are made of multiple deer permit areas. The population goals established in this process will provide direction for management over 10 years, with a midpoint review every five years.