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Hunters in Minnesota prep for firearm deer opener

Updated: November 08, 2019 06:51 AM

People across the state are preparing for this weekend's firearm deer hunting opener. 

Currently, hunters are snagging sales on last-minute gear during what's known as Orange Friday.

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Early Friday morning, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS spoke with a few hunters who were getting ready to head out when the season opens first thing Saturday morning. 
 
Before hunters head into the woods, there are some changes the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to point out.

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The most significant change is expanded testing for chronic wasting disease (CWD) this year. CWD is a deadly disease for deer, not known to affect humans.

Testing is mandatory in certain parts of the state. The DNR plans to have CWD sampling stations fully staffed.

The goal is to make sure no hunter has to drive more than 20 miles to get to one.

The DNR will also have dumpsters available in parts of southeastern and north-central Minnesota so hunters can safely dispose of deer carcasses, which is another way officials are trying to stop the spread of CWD.

Another reminder: Hunters are prohibited from moving deer out of disease management zones until they test clean.

DNR officials say about half a million people in Minnesota are expected to head out hunting this weekend.

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