There are some changes to be aware of ahead of deer hunting season this year in Minnesota.
Some of the changes the DNR has imposed include measures designed to mitigate the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, which poses a major risk to deer health in parts of the state.
Firstly, here area the dates you need to be aware of:
And here's a look at some of the changes coming into play this year:
– The youth season has been extended so it is now statewide, having previously been confirmed to the southeast, northwest and Twin Cities permit areas. It will run from Oct. 17-20.
– Dogs may be used to retrieve a wounded deer or bear, provided the dog is on a leash of no longer than 30-feet and has the owner's name and telephone number on its clothing.
– Hunters are able to harvest an unlimited number of antlerless deer in areas of southeast Minnesota and north-central Minnesota with CWD.
– Hunters are also able to bag up to three bucks in the CWD-affected zones in southeast Minnesota, while antler tagging points are canceled in those zones.
– Deer must be presented at a CWD sampling station on the same day it's killed if it's bagged in the pink and orange zones listed above.
– The zone where deer feeding and attractants is banned has been extended to take into account CWD areas, with feeding/attractants said to increase the spread of the disease.