Minnesota Hunting News

Second Group of Farmed Elk Test Negative
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced that the second group of 15 elk from an Aitkin County elk herd has tested negative for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). These findings bring the total number of negative cases from the Aitkin County farm to 27.
No CWD Positive Deer Found in First Round of Tests
The first batch of tests for chronic wasting disease in wild deer culled from the Aitkin area yielded no positives, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The DNR received official results September 24 from 10 deer culled in the nine-square-mile area surrounding the farm where Minnesota's first case of chronic wasting disease was reported in a captive elk in late August.
DNR Asks Deer Hunters for Help
This fall, hunters will be an important part of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' efforts to detect Chronic Wasting Disease in the state's wild deer herd. In addition to volunteering deer for testing in selected sampling areas, hunters are being asked to take advantage of management and intensive harvest permits to help keep the state's deer population in check.
Please Don't Shoot Radio-Collared Bears
Though it is still legal for hunters to shoot radio-collared bears, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking bear hunters not to do so this year. In previous years the DNR emphasized that radio-collared bears were legal game and encouraged hunters who shot collared bears to inform the DNR and to leave the collar at the bear registration station. These regulations and procedures have not changed. However, research goals have changed and now focus more on bear reproduction and movements rather than bear mortality.
DNR Responds to First CWD Case
With the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a Minnesota captive elk herd, the DNR will begin more intensive scientific sampling to determine whether the disease exists in the state's wild deer herd. The discovery of CWD in a captive elk is the first time the disease has been detected in Minnesota, but according to the DNR's Wildlife Research Manager, Mike DonCarlos, "This still doesn't tell us whether Minnesota's deer herd has been infected. We will move to try to answer that question as quickly as possible."
5000 Hunter Harvested Deer To Be Tested
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced plans today to test 5,000 hunter-harvested deer this fall for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a fatal brain disease in elk, white-tailed deer and mule deer. Last year the DNR tested 45 hunter-harvested deer in the state. None were found positive for CWD.
Deadline Approaching for Camp Ripley Archery Hunts
Hunters interested in the 2002 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls are reminded that this year's Aug. 16 application deadline is fast approaching. Those who applied for a permit in 2001 have been mailed a notice about this year's hunts, which are scheduled for Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 26-27. Hunters can choose only one of these time periods on their application. A total of 4,500 permits (2,250 per two-day hunt) will be offered. For more information, contact Beau Liddell, area wildlife manager, Little Falls, (320) 616-2468.
Anterless Permits At Record Level
"Deer are abundant following a string of mild winters," Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Allen Garber said. Deer hunting opportunities this fall in Minnesota will be unparalled." A record number of antlerless permits will be offered. In a number of permit areas hunters will be allowed to shoot more than one deer. "While this is certainly good news for deer hunters, we need the cooperation of hunters and landowners to keep Minnesota's deer population at manageable levels," Garber said.
Black Bear Hunting Clinics
Bear hunters can improve their chances of having a safe and successful hunt by attending one of the clinics offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The clinics have been designed by bear hunters and research personnel to provide an in-depth look at the Minnesota black bear. The clinics are not mandatory but are strongly recommended by the DNR. Last year almost 2,000 hunters and bear enthusiasts attended clinics.
Record Number of Antlerless Deer Permits
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering nearly 80,000 additional antlerless permits this fall compared with last year. The total of 363,765 permits is an increase of 28 percent from 2001. It is the highest number of antlerless permits ever offered by the DNR. In 1992, the DNR offered the previous high of 322,030 permits.