Participants in the special late-season deer hunt still may quarter their deer. Properly quartering your deer allows you to take the meat home immediately. But lab kits now are available so test results will be available sooner than expected:
Boundaries for a special late-season deer hunt to help control chronic wasting disease in southeastern Minnesota's Fillmore County have been expanded to include portions of three surrounding deer permit areas.
The expansion of boundaries for the nine-day hunt that lasts from Saturday, Jan. 6, to Sunday, Jan. 14, became necessary when CWD test results of harvested deer revealed two infected deer in Forestville State Park and a suspected infection north of the disease's core area around Preston.
No chronic wasting disease was detected in more than 11,000 precautionary samples from deer that hunters harvested this fall in north-central, central and southeastern Minnesota.
Given no deer with CWD were found in north-central and central Minnesota, the DNR will narrow surveillance next fall to areas closer to the farms where CWD was detected.
A fourth precautionary surveillance area will be added in fall 2018 in Winona County because CWD recently was detected in captive deer there.
CWD information can change rapidly. Please check back regularly for important updates.