News release: Fish and Wildlife Almanac, Dec. 12

December 12, 2022

CWD hunt offers deer hunters additional harvest opportunities 

Deer hunters seeking additional opportunities will have the opportunity to harvest deer in a late-season chronic wasting disease management hunt in deer permit area 184 near Bemidji, and also in several deer permit areas in southeastern Minnesota and the south metro area.

This late-season hunt is Friday, Dec. 16, through Sunday, Dec. 18, in deer permit areas 184, 605, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649 and 655. CWD sampling is mandatory for any deer 1 year or older harvested in this hunt. Harvested deer must be taken to a sampling station.

Staffed sampling stations will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, through Monday, Dec. 19, and self-service stations will be available any time that Friday through Monday. Hunters should plan ahead and check the DNR’s special hunts page for:

  • Complete details about the special hunt, including license/permit requirements and other hunt rules
  • CWD sampling station information
  • Carcass movement restrictions
  • Map of the hunt areas.

DNR webinars cover training a hunting puppy, and snowmobiling

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites people interested in fishing, wildlife and outdoor skills to tune in to upcoming webinars that will discuss training a hunting puppy and snowmobiling in Minnesota.

The first webinar is at noon Wednesday, Dec. 14. Bird hunter Tina Dokken will discuss how to pick out a puppy and train it to become a hunting dog, including basic obedience training, bird retrieval and Dokken’s training journey with her new hunting pup.

The second webinar is at noon Wednesday, Dec. 21. Wade Miller, DNR state trails snowmobile consultant, will discuss how to get started in snowmobiling, where to go and what someone needs to know to try this wintertime activity.

The webinars are part of the DNR’s Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series. The webinars are free but registration is required. More information is available on the outdoor skills and stewardship page of the DNR website.

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