Deer hunters who harvest a deer in permit areas 159, 183 and 225 of east-central Minnesota are encouraged to have their deer sampled for Chronic Wasting disease during the firearm hunting season.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say that due to the discovery of CWD near Shell Lake, Wisconsin, the DNR will be conducting CWD surveillance in those three permit areas along the Wisconsin border until 300 samples have been collected from each permit area.
Select stations will be staffed beginning on the opening weekend (Saturday to Monday) to the firearm season.
Phone and internet registration options will be deactivated on Friday, November 2, and will remain off until the sampling goals are achieved.
Deer must be brought to a registration station - hunters are strongly encouraged to allow sampling of deer.
CWD surveillance sampling locations are:
Area 159 :
- Crossroads Convenience Store, Hinckley
- Duxbury Store, Sandstone
- St. Croix State Park (during the herd management hunt), Hinckley
Area 183 :
- Duquette General Store, Duquette
- Little Store, Sturgeon Lake
- Banning Junction, Finlayson
DNR staff will be working sampling sites from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Saturday, November 3 through Monday, November 5.
Once sampling goals are met, online and telephone registration will be reactivated.
Posted to the web by Jenna Vogt