The youth deer season opens throughout southeastern Minnesota Thursday, Oct. 20, and there are mandatory testing requirements for hunters in deer area 602, the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management zone, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Successful youth hunters in deer area 602 are encouraged to register their deer at the Greenway Cooperative in Pine Island so DNR staff can collect a tissue sample for CWD surveillance.
This will be the only registration station that DNR will staff for CWD sample collection during the four-day youth season, which concludes Sunday, Oct. 23. The station will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.
Bow hunters, who may be in the field at the same time, should be aware that deer taken on an archery license in deer area 602 only can be registered at the following locations:
- Neptune Bar and Grill in Zumbro Falls.
- Archery Headquarters in Rochester.
- Hardware Hank in Kasson.
- The Greenway Coop in Pine Island.
The registration station at Pellicci Hardware in Zumbrota has been closed for all deer seasons.
Read more about registration, sample submission, and carcass requirements.
Hunters are strongly encouraged to monitor this site as new information is added as it becomes available.