Welcome to Saint John's for the 14th controlled deer hunt since 1933.
Saint John's Abbey's intent is to reduce the deer population to a level that allows natural regeneration of the forest ecosystem that is essential to the long-term habitat of deer and other components of the ecosystem. Harvesting primarily antlerless deer is the best method for controlling the deer population.
Use this Outdoor U Blog to help stay up-to-date on happenings with the abbey deer hunt.
|- 2015 Deer Harvest Statistics (PDF)|
|- 2014 Deer Harvest Statistics (PDF)|
|- View current open/filled status of all districts (PDF)|
|- Stand/District Change Request Form
Please review the current district status above before completing this form!
|- Photos submitted by deer hunters|
Archery hunting will be the only option. Archery hunting allows Saint John's to extend the season, avoid conflicts with other campus events (hikers, football games, etc.), allows more hunters to participate, allows hunting closer to campus, and reduces the need for security personnel.
This is not a MN DNR special hunt; hunters must bring and use their own MN DNR archery license. All hunters must follow the Minnesota State Big Game Laws.
The Abbey Arboretum is within the boundaries of the Collegeville State Game Refuge (established in 1933) and special hunting rules can apply to hunting on the refuge. Due to refuge status, all wildlife species other than deer (including coyote) are protected and may not be taken.
As we are a college campus, hunters must be flexible in respecting campus events during the hunt. Any non-hunters who intentionally or otherwise needlessly disrupt hunting as determined by Saint John's will be asked to leave. The same is true for any hunters who disrupt campus events.
This is a walk-in hunt. Passenger vehicles may be used only on specified dates to carry stands/ground blinds closer to hunting districts and to retrieve harvested deer with Life Safety notification and approval. Parking will be allowed in several designated parking locations throughout the hunt (see map).
The 2015 hunt will be reassessed once 55 deer are taken. If Saint John's decides to end the hunt at that point, hunters who have not yet taken a deer will not be able to continue hunting at Saint John's this season.
About 110 hunters will be selected to archery hunt in 2015. Within groups of applicants with equal point scores, random selection will determine priority.
Points are awarded as follows:
As of late 2013 the MN DNR Bow Hunter Education course is available entirely online. There are two options available to hunters interested in obtaining this certificate:
Youth ages 12 and older are eligible for bow hunter education certification. Youth ages
12-15 must first complete a Firearm Safety Training course before completing bow hunter education.
Each hunter may have up to 2 stands or ground blinds. Review the Deer Hunt Map to see districts and number of hunters per district.
Individual hunters may earn the right to take a buck in future years after they harvest 3 antlerless deer. Parties who successfully take 3 antlerless deer from Saint John's will earn the opportunity to take a buck in the current or future hunts. Saint John's will keep a record and the opportunity rolls forward. Review the 2014 Abbey Arboretum Hunting Rules for more details.
We thank hunters for your cooperation and interest in conservation to help assure us a healthy, balanced ecosystem. We have heard many positive comments from hunters about the hunt and the land. We also thank those of you who have become members of Saint John's Outdoor University, which provides environmental education and works with the Abbey to keep the Abbey Arboretum in good condition. All donations are tax-deductible.
Applications DUE Aug. 10 by 4 p.m. ($5/person)
$35 hunting fee due Sept. 8
For those selected to hunt.
2015 Hunting Rules (PDF)
2015 Deer Hunt Map (PDF)
Deer Hunt FAQ
Commonly asked questions about the hunt.