Deer Attractant, Feeding Bans still in effect from Department of Natural Resources
By Paul Vold firstname.lastname@example.org (1/13/21)
(Minnesota) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding wildlife aficionados and hunters that deer attractant and feeding bans remain in effect from mid-2020.
Deer feeding and attractant restrictions remain in place in Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, and Washington counties. These counties were added on July 1st, 2020 to bans that were already in place by numerous counties throughout the State.
The counties that still have bans in place due to Chronic Wasting Disease include Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Hubbard, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Olmsted, Steele, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, and Winona.
Deer feeding does include placement or distribution of grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, hay, and torah food that is capable of attracting or enticing deer. Deer attractants are natural or manufactured products that are capable of attracting or enticing deer including salts, minerals, liquid food scents, or any product that contains or claims to contain cervid urine, blood, gland oil, feces, or other bodily fluid.
Those who feed other mammals and birds can continue to do so that prevents deer access. The DNR says to place the food at least 6 feet above the ground level. Food placed as a result of normal agricultural practices is generally exempt from the feeding ban. Cattle operators should also take steps to minimize contact between deer and cattle.