RICE - The Rice Sportsmens Club hosted a deer density petition signing party on Wednesday night to address deer population decline in Central Minnesota.

Brooks Johnson is with the Minnesota Deer Density Initiative, he says the goal of the petition is to raise the deer density goals in the area.

Brooks adds that the petition was created as a way to raise public awareness on the issue.

Senator Dave Brown and Representative Ron Kershaw were at the event to listen to concerns and answer questions.

Additional information on the petition can be found on the Minnesota Bow Hunters website.