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Hunting allowed in some Brown Co. park areas

Deer in field at Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve in Suamico, July 26, 2017 (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

BROWN COUNTY (WLUK) -- Some park areas in Brown County will be closed to the public during this month's gun deer season.

The county parks department says trails and grounds at the Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve and the Fort Howard Paper Foundation Wildlife Area will only be open to those who have county special hunt permits. The Interpretive Center at Barkhausen will remain open, however.

At the Reforestation Camp, the equestrian, hiking and mountain bike/snow bike trails will be closed. The playground and fishing ponds will remain open.

The Vande Hei Property will only be open to hunters.

While Lily Lake Park's picnic grounds and boat launch will remain open, visitors should be aware that gun hunting is allowed in certain areas of the property.

Parks officials recommend that visitors wear blaze orange or blaze pink for safety when using the open areas of these parks, or any park in the county system that remains open. This extends to hikers and bikers using the Fox River and Mountain-Bay trails; although hunting is not allowed on the trails, hunting may be allowed on private property along the trail routes.

The nine-day gun deer hunt runs from Nov. 18-26.

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