News Release

DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

November 4, 2019


Fisheries regulation meeting scheduled in St. Paul

The public is invited to provide input about proposed changes to special fishing regulations for 30 lakes at an open house on Friday, Nov. 15, in the DNR’s Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. People can attend any time from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to submit comments and ask questions. As this is an open house format, no formal presentations will be made. Local meetings on the proposed regulation changes have been occurring throughout the state.

Details on the regulation proposals and other meetings can be found on the DNR website. Comments may also be submitted through Monday, Nov. 25, by emailing [email protected].

How-to videos available on quartering, caping and chronic wasting disease sampling

Hunters preparing for the firearms deer season can find videos about how to get their deer sampled for chronic wasting disease, as well as how to quarter a deer, cape a trophy deer and remove lymph nodes from a deer on the DNR website on the CWD video page. The videos provide valuable information related to CWD, and can help hunters meet carcass movement restrictions if hunting out of state or within a CWD disease management or disease control zone. Details about CWD testing requirements are available online.

Hunters: Register your deer

Hunters are required to register every deer they harvest before processing, before antlers are removed and within 48 hours after taking the animal. Hunters can register deer online, via phone or in person. Information from deer registration is essential to the DNR’s ability to track and manage deer populations. Detailed registration instructions for all methods are available on the DNR website.

CWD sampling information for the southeast management and control zones

In southeastern Minnesota, chronic wasting disease sampling is required in both the disease management and control zones this weekend on Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10. Hunters must present all deer at a CWD sampling location on the day of harvest. Sampling is also required in the control zone on the first two days of B firearms season (Nov. 23-24), and throughout all seasons in the management zone. Hunters must also comply with carcass movement restrictions that are in place in the area. Find sampling station locations and additional details about CWD in southeast Minnesota online.

CWD sampling information for the north-central management zone

In north-central Minnesota, chronic wasting disease sampling is required in the CWD management zone this weekend on Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10, and in all deer hunting seasons. Hunters must present all deer at a CWD sampling location on the day of harvest. The newly established north-central management zone is known as deer permit area 604 (formerly all of DPA 242 and 247; and parts of 155, 171, and 246). Hunters must also comply with carcass movement restrictions that are in place in the area. Find sampling station locations and additional details about CWD in north- central Minnesota online.

CWD sampling information for the central surveillance area

In central Minnesota, firearms deer hunters in the central surveillance area must present all adult deer for chronic wasting disease sampling this weekend on Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10. The central surveillance area remains unchanged and comprises deer permit areas 277 and 283 east of Minnesota Highway 4; deer permit area 219 south of Minnesota Highway 55; and deer permit area 285 north of Minnesota Highway 7. Fall 2019 marks the third and final year of surveillance in this area if an adequate number of samples are collected and the disease is not found. Find sampling station locations and additional details about CWD in central Minnesota online.

How to prep for CWD sampling

To make the chronic wasting disease sampling process faster, hunters should prepare their deer for sampling and gather important information, and bring deer to the station as soon as possible.

  • Have the deer’s head accessible for staff. Deer’s head should face toward truck’s tailgate, not on top of vehicle or under gear and not wrapped in a tarp.
  • Have the blue hunting license ready and be prepared to identify the harvest location: township, section and range.

Firearms hunters can find more information on what to know about hunting in any CWD area online.

Carcass movement restrictions in place in CWD management and control zones

Carcass movement restrictions are in place in chronic wasting disease management and control zones. Hunters cannot move whole deer carcasses outside of these zones until they receive a “not detected” CWD test result. Movement restrictions are not in effect for the central surveillance area. These restrictions are part of a comprehensive strategy to keep Minnesota’s deer, elk and moose healthy by limiting the spread of disease. Detailed information is available on the DNR website.

Wet conditions: Scout and call ahead

Conditions remain wet in many areas of Minnesota, so the DNR advises hunters to scout first or consider calling ahead. Information including contact information for individual deer permit areas can be found at the DNR’s interactive deer permit area map. The fall’s heavy rains also have made some forest roads and trails impassable, and hunters planning to use them are advised to check the DNR’s temporary closures page for conditions.