Tim Sletten, Chief, Police Department
In 2008, the city of Red Wing passed a ban on the recreational feeding of deer. The ban is part of the deer management program the city implemented to help control the size of the deer herd in Red Wing. The other part of the program that has been in place for a number of years is a controlled harvest, which allows archery hunters to harvest deer in selected areas with special regulations. These steps have been taken to reduce car/deer accidents and reduce the depredation of landscaping plants and garden crops enjoyed by Red Wing residents.
The ordinance explains that it is unlawful for any person or group to place (or permit to be placed) any grain, fodder, fruit, vegetables, nuts, hay or other edible materials, which may reasonably be expected to intentionally result in deer feeding, on the ground or within five feet of the ground surface unless such items are screened or protected in a manner that prevents deer from feeding on them. Also prohibited are salt licks and powder or liquid deer attractants, unless legally used for deer management control purposes. Living fruit trees and other live vegetation are not considered deer feeding.