Thanks for the welcome rkhinrichs. I am not familiar with the Duluth area and this particular hunt. I am much more familiar with the DNR special hunts in southern MN. The same premise holds true however. Who determines there are too many deer in any area? Are there deer being found that have starved in the city over the winter? Or did one group with a particular vested interest (I.E. insurance companies, farmers, foresters) make the population assertion to improve their profit? The only way this state is ever going to improve the herd is by hunters making wise decision on harvest rather than accepting the direction provided by the DNR. Hunters hold all the cards when it comes to harvest. If numbers are low in an area pass the does and hold out for a buck until the population can support the harvest.
I have never been a big fan of many of these city / park hunts. I have seen them have significant negative affects on local deer populations. The park / city allow deer to be over harvested on their property (often less than a square mile) and that increased harvest affects the population in that general area as well. As anyone who hunts deer knows they typically inhabit a larger area than just the area being hunted in these special hunts. If they are harvested while in these parks they certainly are not contributing to rebuilding the herds outside the park. So by following the rules set by parks and approved by the DNR you are not only reducing the herd in the city / park but also negatively affecting the general areas population. To be honest there are very few areas in this state where the deer are overpopulated, parks included. These Hunts are typically initiated to save somebody money and sold to hunters as improving habitat. Hunters beware by participating in many of these hunts you are negatively affecting more than just the deer living in theses cities / parks.