Sibley, Glacial Lakes host special hunts
Hunters carrying muzzleloaders at Sibley State Park and shotguns at Glacial Lakes State Park helped manage deer herds and prevent over-grazing of protected plants during special hunts this fall
NEW LONDON — Two area state parks held special hunts this fall to help manage deer populations.
Sibley State Park was host to its annual, special muzzleloader deer hunt last weekend. Glacial Lakes State Park had its annual firearm hunt Nov. 12- 15. In both hunts, hunters were chosen by lottery.
In Sibley State Park, of the 61 hunters selected, 57 hunted on Saturday and 48 returned on Sunday, according to Park Manager Jonah Moline. The hunters harvested a total of 24 anterless deer, with 11 taken on Saturday and 13 on Sunday.
The annual hunts serve to keep deer herds in check and prevent over-browsing by deer.
The muzzleloader hunt at Sibley State park began in 1992.
The Glacial Lake State Park hunt brought 16 hunters to the park, and they harvested 11 anterless deer over the four days.