ALEXANDRIA — Deer hunters and others interested in the management of deer populations have an opportunity to participate in workshops the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding around the state.

An upcoming workshop will focus on nine deer permit areas in the central hills prairie area, including deer permit area 277 which includes Willmar and northern Kandiyohi county, and deer permit area 276, which includes Pope County and areas northwest of Willmar.

The workshop will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the Alexandria Technical and Community College, 410 18th Ave., Alexandria.

It is the second workshop offered at the site, and will focus on possible solutions to issues raised at the first, which was held Jan. 22.

The workshops are part of a four-year, statewide goal-setting process for the state’s deer population. The first year of the process will focus on northwestern and western parts of the state.

The workshops feature small group discussions designed to scope out the issues and develop recommendations, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The workshops are led by big game staff members with the DNR, and regional and area wildlife managers will also be present to assist.

People are also encouraged to participate in the goal-setting process by participating in an online survey. The online survey is available through Feb. 16.

Information on the goal setting process is available on the DNR website.