Late Season CWD Hunt Scheduled for 261, 262 Permit Areas
Detroit Lakes, MN — Deer hunters seeking additional opportunities can harvest deer in late season chronic wasting disease management hunts in the southeast, south metropolitan area and along the Minnesota-North Dakota border where CWD was recently discovered in the Climax and Neilsville area.
Hunting dates are Friday, Dec. 17, through Sunday, Dec. 19, and Friday, Dec. 31, through Sunday, Jan. 2. Deer permit areas open to these CWD management hunts are 261, 262, 343, 605, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649 and 655. Hunters may participate in both hunts.
A hunter may use any unfilled archery, firearms, muzzleloader or landowner deer hunting license. Unfilled bonus permits and early antlerless permits also may be used. The hunting method used must match the hunter’s deer license. Hunters who have filled their license may purchase disease management permits for $2.50 to participate.
There are no restrictions on the number of deer – antlerless or antlered – that a hunter may take. Unlike other hunts, disease management permits may be used to tag both antlered and antlerless deer. Bonus permits and early antlerless tags can only be used to tag antlerless deer.
Rob Baden, Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife Supervisor, says the idea behind this late season CWD management hunt is to get a better sample size of the potential CWD in the area.
CWD was discovered near in the Climax-Neilsville area earlier this fall when a hunter sent in a sample of his deer. This is the first time that CWD has been discovered in a non-farmed deer in northern Minnesota, and Baden says if it wasn’t for the hunter, who has all his harvested deer sampled, they probably never would have known it was there.
CWD sampling is mandatory for both hunts. Harvested deer must be taken to a staffed or self-service station. Staffed sampling stations will be open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the hunts. Stations also will be open from 9 a.m. – noon on the Monday following each hunt. A complete list of station locations and hours is available on the DNR website.
Baden adds a reminder for those who happen to shoot a trophy buck during the hunt and want to get it mounted.
Carcass movement restrictions apply during these hunts in all areas except the northwest hunts along the Minnesota-North Dakota border in permit areas 261 and 262. Hunters there are encouraged to not move whole carcasses from either area.
Hunters must obtain permission to hunt on private land but may hunt wildlife management areas and other public lands that are normally open to deer hunting within the designated deer permit areas.