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Minnesota Deer Opener: More Deer but Mandatory CWD Testing

STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press
October 26, 2017 12:38 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota has more deer on the landscape this fall, and that's expected to mean more success for hunters when the state's firearms deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 4.

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Three consecutive mild winters and three years of tight harvest regulations combined to help Minnesota's deer population rebound. Department of Natural Resources wildlife chief Paul Telander is predicting that hunters will take around 200,000 deer this season, well above last year's total. More details can be found on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

But the isolated reappearance of chronic wasting disease has led the DNR the to impose mandatory testing in some areas of north-central, central and southern Minnesota for the opening weekend to determine if the illness remains a threat to the state's deer herd.

Grand Rapids is hosting the annual Minnesota Governor's Deer Hunting Opener for the second time.

According to the Minnesota DNR website, the zones included are:

  • North central: 155, 171, 172, 242, 246, 247, 248 and 249
  • Central: 218, 219, 229, 277, 283 and 285
  • Southeast: 343, 345, 346, 347, 348 and 349

The DNR has a list of locations of sampling sites and tips available on their website. They need 3,600 samples from hunters in this area to accurately test for the presence of CWD in wild deer.


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