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Minnesota DNR Expecting Great Deer Season

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 7:31 am

Wildlife managers are predicting good luck for hunters when Minnesota’s firearms deer season opens Nov. 3.

A representative of the Department of Natural Resources tells the AP that Minnesota’s deer population is up from last year thanks to the mild winter. He says mild winters mean more adults survive so more fawns are born and estimates the deer population at about 1 million.

Last year, Minnesota’s nearly 500,000 deer hunters harvested 192,300 deer.

The DNR will continue checking whether deer in part of northwestern Minnesota might carry a form of tuberculosis. The disease last turned up in a wild deer in that area in 2009. The DNR is also continuing mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease in part of southeastern Minnesota, and it’s encouraging voluntary testing in parts of east-central Minnesota. Chronic wasting disease has been found in at least one deer in Northwest Wisconsin, most recently last year in Shell Lake.

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