Minnesota bow hunters are waxing their strings in advance of archery deer season, which begins Saturday. The season runs through Dec. 31.
State game officials note that mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease continues in part of southeastern Minnesota, the Associated Press reports. Archery hunters who take deer in permit area 602 are required to register their deer in person, the AP notes.
Minnesota hunters harvested 184,649 deer during the 2012 season, down 4 percent from 2011, according to the DNR. But the archery deer harvest was up 5 percent last year from 2011, with 21,556 deer killed by bow hunters.
Minnesota's firearms deer season opens Nov. 9.