Minnesota Hunting News

More Input Wanted on Zone 3 Deer Season Changes
Proposed changes to the Zone 3 deer hunting seasons got a lukewarm reception during four public meetings held in January throughout southeastern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The meetings drew nearly 800 people who submitted comments on the original proposals. An additional 400 written comments and e-mails were received.
DNR Sets Dates For Turkey Hunter Clinics
Looking for the latest tips and strategies for successful turkey hunting? Want to hear about updates on laws and regulations? Have questions about the sport? Then plan on attending one of several preseason clinics the DNR is offering this spring throughout Minnesota.
Bear Harvest Limited By Abundant Food
This year's abundance of natural foods like hazelnuts and acorns led to one of the lowest bear harvests in the past decade, according to officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota bear hunters took 1,852 bears during the 2002 bear season, which ran from Sept. 1 through Oct. 13.
Baiting Helps Achieve Bear Harvest Objectives
A recent proposal to ban bear baiting on federal lands would seriously hamper bear population management in Minnesota and could cause an increase in bear-human conflicts when natural foods are scarce, according to officials of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Public Input Meetings Set for Zone 3
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has set dates and times for southeastern Minnesota (Zone 3) public input meetings in January. Four public input meetings will be held from Jan. 13-16.
DNR Asks Hunters for Deer Management Comments
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking for comments on two proposed changes to the state's deer management system.
DNR Collects About 3,500 Samples For CWD Testing
Deer hunters submitted about 3,500 samples for chronic wasting disease tests during the first weekend of Minnesota's firearms deer season, which began Saturday, Nov. 9, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
No New Positives Found in Latest CWD Tests
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today that no positives were found in five additional chronic wasting disease test results from deer killed in the nine-square-mile Aitkin surveillance area.
Archers Harvest 324 Deer at Camp Ripley
Hunters enjoyed another successful hunt Oct. 26-27 at Camp Ripley Military Reservation near Little Falls. Archers harvested 136 deer during the weekend hunt, including 10 bucks weighing more than 200 pounds. There were 188 deer taken during the earlier hunt Oct. 17-18, for a total of 324 deer harvested in 2002.
University of Minnesota Offers Deer CWD Testing
More than 150 veterinarians at 98 clinics have agreed to collect brain stem samples for Chronic Wasting Disease testing from deer harvested during this fall's firearms season. (Check the Chronic wasting disease information page for a list of vet clinics where hunters can take deer for CWD testing.)