ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Permanent deer hunting stands could be banned on state and county forest land.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has proposed tightening restrictions on the permanent stands for a couple of reasons. One is the potential clashes between hunters who build the stands on government property and other hunters who also have a right to use the land.

The DNR says another problem is the illegal cutting of trees to make a shooting lane.

DNR forestry division deputy director Craig Schmid says the agency estimates there are thousands of permanent stands in state forests. The Star Tribune says the DNR manages about 4 million acres of forest land, mostly in northern Minnesota.

Schmid doesn't expect any changes until next year after more public input is gathered. Portable stands would still be allowed.


Information from: Star Tribune,