Lucky DNR Cooperators Receives Guns or Bows

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Andrew Minten's days of hunting deer with a borrowed gun are over, thanks to a little luck and his cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing program.

Minten, a 14-year-old from New York Mills, won a .270 Savage deer rifle when his name was drawn from among thousands of hunters who allowed their deer to be tested for CWD. Thirty-three other hunters also received a gun or a bow donated by Minnesota Bowhunters Inc., Gander Mountain, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Cabela's, Sportsman's Warehouse, the Minnesota State Archery Association, and Austin-Halleck muzzleloaders.

"I'm so happy that I won the gun because the past three years I've been hunting I've had to borrow a gun from one of my relatives," Minten wrote in a thank-you letter.

Minten, who harvested a spike buck while hunting with is family in Otter Tail County, said, "I can't wait until deer hunting starts again, because I want to use my new gun to bring the 'big buck' down."

No positives were found in tests for CWD on nearly 13,000 lymph node samples taken from wild deer harvested during the 2004 Minnesota deer hunting season. Since 2001, the DNR has tested nearly 30,000 wild deer for CWD. The disease has never been detected in the state's wild deer herd.