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Minnesota Deer Hunting News

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Deer hunting should be good when Minnesota’s firearms hunting season opens Nov. 3, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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Youth ages 10-15 are eligible to participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 18, to Sunday, Oct. 21, in 28 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, plus the 601 area of the Twin Cities metro area.

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Hunters heading to southwestern Minnesota will have access to an additional 6,000 acres of hunting land this fall, as the Walk-In Access program grows to more than 15,000 acres, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resource (DNR) has finalized rules for Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season this fall and winter.

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Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season will be conducted this fall and winter. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on details of the proposed season.

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The price of Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses will increase in March 2013 for the first time in 12 years, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

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Minnesota wildlife officials have begun to plan for a limited gray wolf hunting and trapping season in late 2012. This action follows last month’s announcement that wolves will return to state management Jan. 27 following roughly 35 years of federal protection.

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Conservation officers (CO) with the Minnesota Department of Natural resources recently saved a couple of deer by shooting them. State conservation officer Jeremy Woinarowicz of Thief River Falls received a call Dec. 28 that two bucks were locked together by their antlers in a field near Warren in Polk County. When Woinarowicz arrived at the scene, he noticed that the larger buck had already died and the live buck was frantically trying to break free.

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Conservation officer weekly activity reports confirm what officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) already suspected: Deer baiting was pervasive during the 2011 big game season.

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This year’s Minnesota archery season opens Saturday, Sept. 17. The general firearms season opens Saturday, Nov. 5. The deadline for lottery permit applications is Thursday, Sept. 8. Officials say hunters will discover several new regulations for the upcoming deer season. The changes, he said, reflect the agency’s interest in regulation simplification and the protection of the state’s deer from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

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Winter sampling is complete in southeastern Minnesota and none of 1,180 deer taken during the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) disease surveillance effort tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

“We looked hard and found nothing,” said Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game coordinator. “This suggests the infection rate is low, which is very good news.”

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is taking the next steps in implementing its Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) incident response plan. They include inviting landowners to participate in a deer sampling process, and putting in place a deer feeding ban.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received confirmation from a national laboratory on Jan. 25 verifying that the sample from a southeastern Minnesota white-tailed deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

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A preliminary screening test strongly indicates that a deer harvested by a hunter last November near Pine Island in southeast Minnesota had Chronic Wa...

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the University of Minnesota will launch a pilot research project later this month to gain a better understanding of movements and habitat use of white-tailed deer in northwestern Minnesota.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported today that firearm hunters harvested and registered 85,163 deer this past Saturday and Sunday, up very slightly from last year’s 85,074.

The early harvest numbers suggest the overall harvest will be somewhat higher than last year, when hunters took about 195,000 deer. Deer hunter numbers are also up this year.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) and Turn In Poachers (TIP) have announced winners of the 17th annual Deer Hunter Ethics Award.

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A strategy to achieve deer population goals by allowing hunters to harvest fewer deer succeeded in 2009, according to final deer harvest numbers the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released.

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DNR Offers Survival Tips for Lost Hunters
Even experience hunters can get lost, so people should be prepared for that possibility before heading out for their hunt, according to Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement Education Program coordinator.

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Nominees Sought for 17th Annual Minnesota Deer Hunter Ethics Award
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) and Turn In Poachers (TIP) are asking hunters to share stories of exemplary hunting behavior by nominating hunters for the 17th Annual Minnesota Deer Hunter Ethics Award.

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Hunters Urged to STOP for Survival
Getting lost in the woods can happen to even the best hunter, according to Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement Education Program coordinator. He encourages lost individuals to remain calm and just STOP.

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Deer Hunters, Forest Users Advised About Wet Conditions Across Much of Northland
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges people visiting state forests to use caution when operating motor vehicles or riding off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to avoid negative impacts to forest access trails and roads. Current road and trail conditions are wet throughout much of northern Minnesota due to the recent heavy rains.

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Poor Weather at Camp Ripley doesn't Deter Bow Hunters
Archers took a two-day total of 171 deer during the first two-day bow hunt (Oct. 15-16) at Camp Ripley Military Reservation north of Little Falls.

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Harvested Deer can be Donated to Processors for Distribution to Food Shelves
Deer donated to food shelves will be processed at no cost to hunters, to a program coordinated by the Minnesota Departments of Natural and Agriculture.

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Bemidji State Game Refuge Closed to 2009 Firearms Deer Season
Deer hunting in the Bemidji State Game Refuge, a 74-square-mile refuge that surrounds the city of Bemidji, will be closed to the 2009 regular firearms deer season. The refuge is open only to archery and muzzleloader deer seasons and the Lake Bemidji State Park special firearms deer hunts.

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Public Comments on DNR draft Elk Management Plan Due Oct. 28
Interested citizens can make final comments on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) draft Strategic Elk Management Plan through Wednesday, Oct. 28.

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Safety First this Hunting Season
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sells about 600,000
hunting licenses each year so there will be a large number of hunters afield this fall in search of a variety of big and small game. The DNR says it’s important that each hunter put safety first to ensure an enjoyable and successful hunting trip.

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An owl landing less than a foot away from your face. A mother and baby porcupine waddling across the forest floor. Squirrels jumping from tree to tree. Deer munching apples near an orchard. These are some of the most memorable outdoor experiences that can occur while hunting in a tree stand.

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Deadline is Friday to Apply for Special Youth Deer Hunts
The deadline to apply for any of the 13 special youth hunts the Minnesota Department
of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering this fall is Friday Aug. 14.

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Hunters taking a late summer hunters education class can still take advantage of fall hunting. Hunter education classes fill up fast, so now is the time to register.

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Minnesota Deer Hunting Clinic Offered
If you want to learn the basics of hunting deer join the Minnesota DNR for Annual Deer Day on Sunday Aug 16th. “Deer Day is a great opportunity to learn the basics of deer hunting in a supportive, safe and non-intimidating outdoor setting,” said Linda Bylander, who coordinates family and women’s outdoor skills classes. The event is open to men women and youth of all ages.

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More than 500 young hunters will have access to high-quality deer hunting this fall at six state parks, one state recreation area, two military reservations, two refuges and a nature preserve.

“Special youth hunts are a great way to provide a safe, structured and fun opportunity for a youngster and their parent or guardian to spend some quality time outdoors,” said Mike Kurre, mentor program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to comment on a proposal that would simplify regulations for hunting Canada geese during the early fall season in the metro and southeast parts of the state.

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As part of ongoing efforts to eradicate bovine tuberculosis in the state, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) contractors will conduct aerial deer removal operations starting on Monday, March 16. Aerial sharpshooters will work within the bovine TB core area in northwestern Minnesota for about two weeks.
An aerial survey in January resulted in an estimate of about 660 deer in the core area, down about 18 percent from 2008.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking for the public's help in locating a group of feral hogs in Big Stone County.

Curt Vacek, DNR area wildlife manager at Appleton, said between 25 to 50 hogs are thought to be roaming in the vicinity of Big Stone Lake 11 miles north of Ortonville. They are thought to be of the pot-bellied variety that can reach weights of up to 300 pounds.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program is hosting its annual winter workshop March 6 - 8 at Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center in Hackensack.

For more information, click on this link: http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/index.php/2009/02/26/dnr-offers-outdoor-skills-classes-for-women/ .

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges Minnesota taxpayers to remember to help loons, eagles, swans, and other wildlife by donating to the Nongame Wildlife Fund. All you do is write in the amount of your donation on of your state tax form.

To learn more, click on this link: http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/index.php/2009/02/26/use-your-state-tax-form-to-benefit-wildlife-in-northwestern-minnesota/ .

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Nongame Wildlife Program urges Minnesotans to remember to help wildlife this year by donating to the Wildlife Checkoff Fund on their tax forms.

To learn more, click on this link: http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/index.php/2009/02/09/remember-to-help-wildlife-during-tax-season/ .

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Minnesota hunters harvest fewer deer in 2008
Minnesota deer hunters harvested nearly 222,000 deer in 2008. This is a decline of 38,000, or about 19 percent, from 2007, but the ninth consecutive year the harvest has exceeded 200,000

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife managers are urging people not to feed deer this winter even though it may appear they need help to make it through the cold and snowy conditions.

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife managers are urging people not to feed deer this winter even though it may appear they need help to make it through the cold and snowy conditions.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting comments through Feb. 25 on a number of hunting regulations, including many temporary rules that would added to state game and fish laws this year.
The proposals cover a variety of areas pertaining to deer registration; deer licenses, deer zone descriptions, deer hunter selection, bear hunter selection and prairie chicken area designation.

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A special late-season deer hunt will be held Dec. 27 through Jan. 11 in Permit Area 101 in northwestern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The hunt is part of the state’s ongoing bovine tuberculosis (TB) surveillance and eradication efforts.

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Special late-season deer hunt set for Dec 27 to Jan 11 in Permit Area 101 in northwestern Minnesota
A special late-season deer hunt will be held Dec. 27 through Jan. 11 in Permit Area 101 in northwestern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The hunt is part of the state’s ongoing bovine tuberculosis (TB) surveillance and eradication efforts.

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Minnesota’s upcoming muzzleloader deer season is open to any eligible hunter even if that hunter participated in the regular firearm season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Hunters again can donate venison to food shelves at no cost this year because of changes to the venison donation program managed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), with assistance from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges hunters to follow safety rules when using tree stands, following five accidents this fall during the early antlerless deer season.

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With more than 475,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any system issues associated with the high sales volume. The 2008 Minnesota firearms deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 8.

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DNR urges OHV users to check forest road and trailconditions
With fall in the air and mosquito populations dwindling, hunters and other recreationists are going to the forests in droves. But because some state forest roads and trails are saturated from recent heavy rains, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will temporarily close some areas.

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With the “early antlerless” deer season opening Saturday, results of a preliminary study about how certain bullets break up and disperse on impact provide more information for hunters heading out to the field. The results add emphasis to previous venison safety messages from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommending pregnant women and children under six do not eat any venison harvested using ammunition that results in deposition of lead particles in meat.

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Successful applicants for both lottery deer areas and special hunts are being notified this week via postcard, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Elk hunting returns to Minnesota’s northwestern most corner
For the first time in more than 100 years, elk were legally hunted in Kittson County Minnesota in mid-September. The hunt opened the first of three nine-day elk seasons, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Three lucky winners of the once-in-a-lifetime Minnesota elk hunting permits filled their tags in three days of the first elk season. The holder of the single either-sex tag harvested an impressive 5×5 bull within minutes of the season opening.

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Baiting law changes greet hunters this fall; firearms can be seized
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters that it is illegal to bait deer in Minnesota. In addition to fines, hunters stand to forfeit firearms and potentially loose hunting privileges if there are previous big game violations.

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Deer hunting allowed in Hemlock Ravine SNA as part of Jay Cooke hunt
Deer hunting will be an allowed use in Hemlock Ravine Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) beginning this fall, as part of the special five-day muzzleloader deer hunt at Jay Cooke State Park, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Judge’s ruling puts wolves back on threatened species list
Minnesota’s wolves have returned to the federal threatened species list following a federal judge’s ruling Monday that rescinded a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2007 decision to delist the western Great Lakes population of gray wolves.

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Deer hunters have a new opportunity this fall in Norman County. The Prairie Smoke Dunes State Scientific and Natural Area (SNA), which has only been open to occasional special management hunts in the past, is now open for all regular 2008 deer seasons including early antlerless.

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Mark Holsten announced new restrictions for off-highway vehicles (OHV) to be in effect during part of the 2008 deer hunting season.

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Any hunter age 12 to 14 with a Firearms Safety Certificate and valid Minnesota firearms deer license is eligible to participate in the northwest Minnesota Special Youth Antlerless Deer Season on Oct. 18-19.

Counties included in the special youth season include Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Pennington and Roseau. Youth can hunt on public as well as private lands with the permission of the landowners. The special hunt is located in Zones 100 and 200, but youth with a 2008 Minnesota firearms license from any zone may participate.

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Hunters who have not applied for an either-sex deer permit by Sept. 4 will be restricted to taking only bucks in designated deer lottery areas.

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Extensive research about youth participation in hunting has been conducted in recent years, and the results are in. Young people become hunters because adults take them hunting, and the earlier that kids start hunting the more likely they are to hunt for the rest of their lives.

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Most of the monitored bears are fitted with highly visible blaze orange colored collars. Many of the collars contain global positioning devices that collect and store data that is downloaded when researchers visit the bears in their winter dens.

“We’re asking that hunters find other bears to harvest,”
Garshelis said. “Researchers have invested an enormous amount of time and expense in these individuals, and the data stored in their collars is extremely valuable for monitoring the dynamics of our bear population.”

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DNR seeks comments on motor vehicle use plan forforest lands in East Central Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comments on its forest classification and motor vehicle route designation proposal for six state forests in an eight-county planning area in east-central Minnesota. The east-central forests include Land O' Lakes in Cass/Crow Wing counties; Hill River, Savanna, and Waukenabo in Aitkin County, Snake River in Kanabec County, and DAR in Pine County. The proposal also designates roads and trails on scattered DNR lands in Anoka, Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, southern Cass, and Washington counties.

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DNR Seeks Input on Allowing Deer Hunting in Hemlock Ravine Scientific and Natural Area (SNA)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing on whether to allow deer hunting in the Hemlock Ravine Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) on Wednesday, July 23, at the Carlton Fire Hall at 100 Forth St. N., Carlton, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. or until all testimony is heard.

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Minnesota elk hunt offers more permits in Grygla area, expands to Kittson County (June 20, 2008)

In an effort to manage increasing elk populations, more elk hunting permits will be available in 2008 in the traditional primary elk zone near Grygla and new permits will be offered in Kittson County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Bow hunters can apply to participate in the 2008 regular archery deer hunt at Camp Ripley near Little Falls beginning July 1.

Hunters may pick from one of two Sunday-Monday hunting seasons, Oct. 19-20 (code 668) or Oct. 26-27 (code 669). A total of 5,000 permits, 2,500 per two-day hunt, will be made available. Because of conflicts with military training activities this fall, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) moved the hunting dates for season one three days later, and one day later for season two.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is making major changes to simplify deer seasons and licensing for this fall, according to Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game program coordinator.

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials today announced that new wildlife tracks recently found in Delta County most likely are from a cougar.

A U.S. Forest Service biologist, Janet Ekstrum, who was conducting a Kirtland's warbler survey near Rapid River June 9, discovered some large animal tracks and contacted the DNR's Gladstone office.

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DNR to convene multi-state meeting June 4 on lead fragments in venison

Wildlife, public health and food safety experts from five states will meet in Minnesota next week for the purpose of helping regulators, hunters and processors better understand the implications of lead fragments in hunter-harvested deer.

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Minnesota moose season application deadline is Friday, May 2

The application deadline for the 2008 bull-only moose hunt is Friday, May 2, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). A total of 247 bull permits are available in 30 zones in northeastern Minnesota for this year’s hunt, which runs Oct. 4-19, and winners are selected by drawing.

Because the moose hunt became a once-in-a-lifetime hunt in 1991, hunters who received permits for moose hunts for the 1991 hunt and later are not eligible to apply for the 2008 drawing.

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State officials announced April 10 that laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of varying amounts of lead fragments in a number of venison samples collected from Minnesota food shelves. While there have been no reports of illness associated with the venison, the state has taken the precaution of directing food shelves to destroy any remaining venison.

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The application deadline for the 2008 black bear hunt is Friday, May 2, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This fall’s black bear hunt will be Sept. 1 through Oct. 12 and the DNR is offering 11,850 licenses spread across 11 permit areas.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, April 10, from 7-9 p.m., at the Century School, 501 Helten Ave., in Park Rapids to discuss antler-point restriction regulations within Itasca State Park.

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Hunting input meetings slated for southern Minnesota

Simplifying deer hunting regulations will be a primary focus of public input meetings to be held by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in southern Minnesota in March and April.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) annual Winter Severity Index (WSI) for white-tailed deer in Northeastern Minnesota indicates 2007-2008 is average compared with the long-term. Two significant December snowstorms left 16 to 24 inches of snow across northern St. Louis and northern Lake counties. Temperatures, through the second week in February, have also been about average.

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A trophy size deer poached in 2006 is now on display at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park thanks to the Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) hotline.

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Simplifying regulations governing Minnesota’s deer hunting seasons will be the topic of nine public meetings scheduled in March by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting comments on a number of hunting regulations, including many already set forth as temporary rules, that will be permanently added to state regulations in this year.

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Sharpshooters for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will assist the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) later this month in agency efforts to reduce the deer population in the designated bovine tuberculosis (TB) deer management zone of northwestern Minnesota.

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The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced opening dates this week for many of the 2008 Minnesota hunting seasons

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Hunters harvested 48 deer during the first weekend of a special hunt in northwestern Minnesota that aims to reduce deer density and stop the potential spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB), according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The hunt began Dec. 29 and continues through Jan. 13 in Permit Area 101, which is considered the bovine TB zone in far northwestern Minnesota. It is open to hunters who have a valid, unused permit to harvest deer regardless of the zone in which a hunter was licensed.

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Hunters may use any valid deer license to harvest deer from Dec. 29 to Jan. 13, 2008, in Permit Area 101 of northwestern Minnesota to help reduce herd density and assist wildlife management officials in their efforts to stop the potential spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB).

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Minnesota deer hunters who know an exemplary example of someone who used ethical hunting behavior this fall are being asked to nominate that person for the 15th annual Minnesota Deer Hunter Ethics Award. Nominations are due by Jan. 4.

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RARE, BUT NOT UNHEARD OF
Conservation Officer (CO) Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) was able to see a rare but not unheard of sight of a female deer with antlers.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hopes hunters will take advantage of the liberal deer hunting seasons in Clearwater County this fall. Bag limits for the five deer areas within the county have been increased to two to five deer for the 2007 regular deer seasons.

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