Special hunts to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources will take place this fall at several Minnesota State Parks, and access to the parks will vary during these hunts, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Some parks will remain open to all visitors, some will have limited access and some will be open only hunters with special permits and closed to the general public.

The deadlines for youth and adults to apply for a special permit to participate in the hunts-which include firearms, muzzleloader, and archery options-have passed.

The DNR is advising anyone planning to visit a state park between no and the end of December to go online and call ahead to check whether a hunt is planned and whether the park is open. 

The DNR also advises wearing blaze orange when visiting parks where hunts are taking place. Visitors should check for hunt related information at the park office when they arrive, look carefully for hunt related signage and follow instructions.

For a complete list of parks that are open, partially open, or closed during the 2016 hunting season head over to http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/hunting.html. Or contact the DNR Info Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 am and 4:30 pm Monday-Friday.