Northland Pines School District has a new vacation this school year. Students and teachers will have the whole week off at Thanksgiving for deer season.
Last year, nearly 200 students in the Northland Pines middle school and high school were absent from school on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving break, many of them to take part in the 9-day deer hunting season. That’s nearly 15% of the district student body. This year, the Northland Pines School District responded by adjusting its vacation schedule accordingly. As superintendent Dr. Mike Richie explains,
Hunters may want to do some extra scouting before the gun-deer season opens this Saturday. Deep snow conditions are likely to change how deer are moving around.
DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says snow on the ground will help hunters see and track deer, but several feet of snow could make it challenging to traverse the terrain. He says it will also affect where the deer are to be found.
Deer enthusiasts may want to attend the DNR’s spring hearings on fish and game. For the first time, the hearings will also include updates on deer herd status after a grueling winter, as well as hunting regulations.
DNR District Wildlife Supervisor Mike Zeckmeister says it’s a good chance to check in with the public.
“It should be a great opportunity to give a quick update on what the deer herd is looking like in their particular county, and also to be able to give a really good briefing on changes to the deer season as a result of the deer trustee report.”