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Afton State Park is closed Nov. 9, 10

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Afton State Park is closed Nov. 9, 10
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

During the special resource management deer hunt on Nov. 9 and 10, Afton State Park will be closed to all visitors, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

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Hunts also will take place at other Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this fall, and access to the parks will vary. Some will remain open to all visitors, some will have limited public access and some will be open only to hunters with special permits. The deadlines have passed for youth and adults to apply for a special permit to participate in the hunts, which include regular firearms, youth, muzzleloader and archery options.

“These annual resource management hunts help control the deer population at state parks,” said Ed Quinn, resource management consultant for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “Too many deer in one area can negatively affect native plants and the health of the ecosystem. In managing natural resources, we’re always striving for a sustainable balance.”

For a list of parks that are open, partially open or closed during the 2013 hunting season, visit www.mndnr.gov (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/hunting.html) or contact the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 toll-free 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or at info.dnr@state.mn.us. Details on which areas of each park will be affected by the special deer hunts also are included in the “Visitor Alert” boxes on the individual park Web pages at www.mndnr.gov (www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks).

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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