Hunters asked to respect flood recovery efforts in southeast
With some small game and early goose seasons starting Labor Day weekend, hunters heading to southeast Minnesota should plan ahead so as not to interfere with flood cleanup efforts and to make sure they can safely access their hunting areas.
A number of roads and bridges in southeast Minnesota remain closed. Access to some public lands is difficult. Road conditions are available online at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/
"Public hunting areas in the southeast are an incredible resource and we don't want to unnecessarily limit access," said Tim Bremicker, DNR regional wildlife manager. "However, extra vehicle and foot traffic could impede work crews and residents as they recover from this devastating event."
Portions of the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area, a popular 28,000-acre public hunting area east of Rochester, remain inaccessible due to road closures. Whitewater State Park remains closed and numerous other public hunting areas in the Wabasha, Winona and Houston counties were affected by flooding.
Generally, Bremicker said flooding did not heavily damage wildlife management areas and other public hunting lands outside Winona, Wabasha and Houston counties. Hunters may want to delay trips to public hunting areas in those counties.
"Throughout the fall hunters should be prepared for changes at some public hunting areas," Bremicker said. "It might be necessary to park at a different location and walk farther. In other cases, hunters may have to be more flexible and hunt different areas."