Updated: December 08, 2020 10:05 AM
Created: December 08, 2020 09:58 AM
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday announced it will hold two special hunts in parts of southeastern Minnesota aimed at limiting the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wild deer.
The hunts will be held Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 2-3 in deer permit area 343, the entire southeast management zone and the south metro management zone.
"Special hunts are an important tool in disease management, allowing us to focus on specific areas where disease has been detected and reduce deer densities in targeted areas," Barbara Keller, big game program leader, said.
The DNR said the hunts also show where disease is more prevalent in the state and helps the department determine where to focus management actions.
Hunters can check the special hunts webpage for more information on the special hunts, including rules, registration options and more. Hunters will be required to drop off the head of any harvested deer at a self-service sampling station in their disease management zone.
The DNR also said hunters will have to be mindful of COVID-19 precautions, such as wearing a mask, keeping a 6-foot distance from others and staying home if feeling sick.
Other key information for the special hunts includes:
Since CWD was first detected in Minnesota in 2002, the DNR says it has tested more than 90,000 wild deer in the state with 104 wild deer testing positive for CWD.
For more information on chronic wasting disease, including maps of CWD surveillance areas, frequently asked questions and hunter information, click here.
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