All hands on deck for DNR on opening of firearms deer hunting season

Updated: November 07, 2019 06:12 AM

Nearly a half-million deer hunters are expected to be out for the firearms opener this weekend, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is pulling out all the stops to make sure they have a good experience.

It's all hands on deck for the DNR. They will be out in the field, but not hunting.


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"So, unfortunately, a lot of us are deer hunters, and we're not going to be able to participate in opening weekend this year," said Barbara Keller, DNR big game program leader.

With expanded testing for chronic wasting disease (CWD) this year, the DNR wants to make sure it goes smoothly at sampling stations for deer hunters. The agency is partnering with colleges and universities to hire 350 students. And, at least 300 DNR employees will be working.

"Pretty much everyone at our wildlife section will be working at one of these sampling stations throughout the course of firearms deer season," said Keller.

Keller said there's a real intensity to what the DNR is doing to try and get a handle on CWD in wild deer.

The DNR is taking a three-pronged approach to prevent the spread of CWD.

As part of its response plan, the DNR is monitoring for CWD in disease management and surveillance zones around areas where the disease has been detected in wild deer and captive deer.

CWD test results, including locations of confirmed positive test results and statistics, are available on the DNR website.

You can also find more information on hunting regulations, CWD testing, and registering your deer below.

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