Helicopter crews to count deer
Pending suitable snow cover, low-flying helicopters will be conducting whitetail deer population surveys from January through March in northwestern, central and southeastern Minnesota.
"Good wildlife management decisions are based on good science," said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "These survey flights collect some of baseline data we need to make those decisions."
DNR pilots will fly survey areas in 18 deer permit areas during daylight hours at about 200 feet. Results of aerial surveys are used to help estimate deer population in these areas.
Affected areas include permit areas 341-349 and 602 in Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties.
Questions about survey flights should be directed to the DNR's Rochester area wildlife office at 507-206-2859.