Minnesota Deer:  An estimated population of 1 million deer in 2016 and 2017, up from about 850,000 deer in 2015, 800,000 in 2014.  Mild winters and fewer antlerless permits account for the upward trend into 2018, numbers still down in the northeast. Mild winter into 2018 should allow continued population increases.   The deer harvest peaked in 2003 and the population trended down from then into 2013.  Read the 2018 draft deer plan. Herd analysis at right.  Developing the Minnesota deer plan.  Historical Minnesota hunting data and news archive.
Minnesota Deer News

  Albino deer spotted in Hibbing December 11, 2018 Minnesota, KBJR 6
... the deer has been visiting the area for the last four years...

...  the combined 2018 whitetail harvest stood Wednesday at 181,100... 5.3 percent lower than the statewide total from the same period in 2017 ... worst results have been in northeastern Minnesota, where 12 percent fewer whitetail tags have been filled compared to 2017...  reports showed stable populations  ...

Thank modern timber harvesting for creating wildlife habitat December 8, 2018 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Deer die in hard winters because of a lack of available food. However, thanks to food resources enhanced by modern logging techniques and young forest habitats, Minnesota's deer population is the highest it has been since 2010...

... it will be the 29th case certified by tissue sampling since the outbreak was first detected in Fillmore County late in 2016... harvested 8.5 miles from a Winona County deer farm where a captive deer tested positive for CWD in 2017 ...
... It's the first time the neurological disease has been detected in Houston County since testing began in 2002..,

... Two special hunts were announced for later this month, and the DNR said federal sharpshooters will be hired to supplement the extra harvest. The idea is to remove as many infected deer from the landscape as possible and cull the herd to reduce transmission of the disease from deer to deer...

Blame modern timber harvesting for erasing wildlife habitat December 1, 2018 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Itasca County ... was wooded and wild with a wonderfully diverse habitat. But during the past 10 years it largely has been logged off... There seems to be no evidence to explain the low grouse numbers and struggling deer population other than the destruction of habitat and the forest monoculture left in the wake of modern timber harvesting...

... Eleven new cases of wild deer infected with the neurological disease were discovered this fall in or around the CWD disease management zone in Fillmore County.  In response, the DNR will open two special hunts ... CWD test results ... 

Is it time to stop pussy-footing around captive deer farms? November 30, 2018 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch 
... more disease-infected captive deer on a farm in Crow Wing County, near Brainerd... These deer, now destroyed, were among about 100 estimated to be on this farm...  the second incident of CWD-infected deer at this Crow Wing County farm, the first occurring in 2016 ...

...  in southeastern Minnesota’s wild deer population ... Ten new cases of the fatal neurological disease and another “suspected’’ case have cropped up this year, including in two male deer located outside the designated outbreak zone that encompasses Fillmore County..,

Chronic Wasting Disease, Minnesota officials call for federal help to combat fatal deer disease November 25, 2018 MPR News
... U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar are urging Congress to allocate more funding toward monitoring chronic wasting disease in the deer population... develop national tracking of CWD and coordination among states ...

DNR Busy Testing Deer For Chronic Wasting Disease November 25, 2018 Minnesota, Valley News Live 
... the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources remain busy, testing harvested deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)... Since July 1, the DNR reports there have been eight positive tests for CWD..,

University of Minnesota students test for fatal deer disease  November 25, 2018 Minnesota, Star Tribune 
... Students collected tissue samples from deer as hunters brought the animals into testing stations in parking lots, gas stations and forestry offices around the state ... also recorded information about where the deer was shot ...

Duluth News Tribune 
... Northeastern Minnesota, hit 49,303 this year compared to 57,363 last year.  Statewide preliminary numbers show the harvest down from 160,962 last year to 148,019 at this year, an 8 percent drop ...

... Early testing confirmed four more cases this hunting season... two more deer tested positive in a preliminary screening...  one of those animals was shot several miles outside the known infection area...

CWD appears to be spreading November 17, 2018 Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio News
... Hunters in southeastern Minnesota have killed half a dozen chronic wasting disease infected deer this fall... Until this hunting season, there were only 17 confirmed cases of CWD in Minnesota's wild deer herds...

Minnesota deer kill down 9.5 percent from last year November 14, 2018 Minnesota, Grand Forks Herald
... through Sunday had registered 132,633 deer, down from 146,537 last year.  The biggest drop was in the 100-series permit areas of northeast Minnesota, where preliminary numbers showed a 17.7 percent decline ...

Baiting still tops list of Minnesota deer hunt violations November 11, 2018 Duluth News Tribune
... Hunters who set out corn, apples, carrots or prepared bait products to lure in their buck continue to be the leading source of violations ... Statewide licenses sales, at 392,056 through opening day, were down 2 percent compared to last year...

... four additional deer from a deer farm in Crow Wing County that has been quarantined since 2016 have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease...

Minnesota opening weekend deer harvest down from last year November 7, 2018 Grand Forks Herald 
... registered 62,702 deer, of which 36,149 were bucks, during the opening weekend of the state's firearms deer season ... That's down about 14.5 percent from last year's opener ... 

... Nearly 500,000 hunters are expected to be afield statewide on Saturday and (along with archery and muzzleloader hunters) are expected to shoot more than 200,000 deer over the season.  About half the deer shot during the season are shot opening weekend...

Early deer license sales decrease October 31, 2018 Minnesota, KBJR 6 
... as the deer opener approaches, there is still a slight decline, closer to 2 percent.  “The funding that we get to manage deer populations, and to manage the hunt, comes from deer hunting licenses sales...

2018 Minnesota Deer Forecast October 30, 2018 Game & Fish 
... “We are closer to goal in the Northeast and around the Metro and Central Farmlands transition zone. The Southwest is a mixed bag — some units are at goal, some are below, and we need to build those herds some. Deer are pretty vulnerable to hunting there, and antlerless restrictions will remain in place fairly tightly.” [Erik Thorson, Acting Big Game Program Leader] ..,

Outlook better for hunters this deer firearms season October 30, 2018 Minnesota, Star Tribune 
... Projections hint of an increase of at least 10 percent, possibly more...  deer hunting restrictions were loosened this year in 37 percent of the state’s deer permit areas to reflect gains in the whitetail herd. A string of mild winters, coupled with several years of conservative deer management ..,

Pondering the mystery of hunting the deer rut in Minnesota October 29, 2018 Minnesota, Star Tribune
... why Minnesota's firearms deer season coincides with the rut? ... the state chose a time friendly to buck hunters to reduce pressure on antlerless deer and boost deer populations. Today .... the gun season could revert to a later start without adverse population effects ...

... After a pair of relatively severe winters earlier this decade, the deer numbers dropped to 15 deer per square mile in parts of northwest Minnesota. Currently, however, the population has rebounded to as many as 19 to 22 deer per square mile..,

Firearm deer season now less than a week away October 27, 2018 Minnesota, Mesabi Daily News
... officials are forecasting a deer population that is recovered from the severe winters of 2013 and 2014 in Northern St. Louis and Northern Lake Counties ...  “The last four winters have been mild to moderate, as measured by the DNR Winter Severity Index. As a result, fawn production has been excellent with twin fawns the norm in the better areas. ” ..,
This diving, pooping moose is saving its ecosystem—for now October 21, 2018 Minnesota, Science Magazine
... Foraging for underwater plants almost tripled the amount of nitrogen in the water, where tiny organisms had easy access to it, the team reported in 2017... [on land] each moose passes about 78 grams of nitrogen through urination or defecation each day. That’s the equivalent of two 20-kilogram bags of fertilizer a year ...

Minnesota hunters asked to observe deer gut piles October 18, 2018 Winona Daily News
... The purpose of this research is to better understand what and when species use deer gut piles provided by hunters across the state... looking for hunters with their own game camera to set the camera on their gut pile and leave it to record pictures ...

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), Deadly disease detected in MN deer herd October 17, 2018 Minnesota, KARE-TV Minneapolis-St. Paul 
...  confirmed for the first time in Minnesota. ... six of seven animals in a small herd of captive white-tailed deer in Goodhue County died of the disease earlier this month... 

Gnat-Borne Disease Found In Minnesota Deer For 1st Time


Videos explain CWD testing and how to quarter and cape a deer October 1, 2018 Minnesota, DNR News
     Videos about how to get deer tested for chronic wasting disease, how to quarter a deer, how to cape a trophy deer and how to remove lymph nodes from a deer are available on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at mndnr.gov/cwd/videos.html...

Deer tests positive for CWD in disease management zone October 1, 2018 Wisconsin, DNR News
... A deer taken during the opening weekend of archery season in southeastern Minnesota’s disease management zone has tested positive for chronic wasting disease ..,

... deer—depend to a large extent on young forest. These cover types provide excellent food and protection from predators throughout much of the year. And, no surprise, young forest is largely a result of good timber management and harvest...

Minnesota's wolf population remains stable September 24, 2018 Valley News Live
... Minnesota’s wolf population estimate was 2,655 wolves and 465 wolf packs during the winter of 2017-2018 within Minnesota’s wolf range, an estimate that is statistically unchanged from the previous winter ...

DNR deer meetings attract few hunters September 8, 2018 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune 
... the DNR cut back antlerless permits in the most northeastern permit area in the state, in Cook County, as deer numbers there have been slower to rebound ... In Tower, ... deer numbers have "absolutely'' recovered from the back-to-back hard winters of 2013-2014 ...

Growing threat: Chronic wasting disease in deer September 5, 2018 Minnesota, Winona Post
... CWD was found for the first time in Minnesota in 2002 at an elk farm in Aitkin County. To date, outbreaks have been detected at seven elk and deer farms across Minnesota, and numerous wild deer have been found with the disease in Fillmore and Olmsted counties... In a report this spring, the Minnesota Legislative Auditor critiqued the BAH for lax regulation of deer and elk farms..,

‘No more deer’  DNR officials hear complaints from area hunters August 29, 2018 Minnesota,  Marshall Independent
... Many of those attending the Minnesota meeting called for shortening the deer season so less deer are killed. Some suggested the season should start after Thanksgiving. There was also a lot of concern about predators and cars killing too many deer...

Reedsburg approves plan to decrease city deer population August 28, 2018 Minnesota,  WiscNews
... two staff members of the Reedsburg Police Department to shoot deer over bait ... multiple complaints from city residents in the last two to three years about deer in city limits eating shrubs, damaging property and people complaining about “having deer in their yard and hanging out there all day.”  ...

... A deer feeding ban is in place until at least 2019 for 11 central and north-central Minnesota counties surrounding two facilities where multiple captive deer were infected with chronic wasting disease... “Wild deer in these areas are not known to have CWD. These feeding bans are a proactive step to keep CWD at bay.” ...

Chronic wasting disease could spread faster than expected August 16, 2018 Minnesota, Winona Daily News
 ...They’ve been tracking them ... trying to get a sense of where and how quickly chronic wasting disease could spread.  “One of our female animals has traveled approximately 80 miles,” ... Since the fall of 2016, 17 cases of chronic wasting disease have been found in the wild deer population of southeastern Minnesota...

DNR invites public to attend deer open houses August 13, 2018 Minnesota, news.dnr.state.mn.us
... Anyone interested in deer can talk with area wildlife managers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at meetings scheduled across the state meant to encourage discussions about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication... one of the first steps identified for implementing the state’s new White-tailed Deer Management Plan...

DNR board signs off on enhanced deer farm fencing August 8, 2018 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The rule calls for deer farms that have had a CWD infection to install a second fence or solid barrier. CWD-free farms would have three options: add a second fence, add a solid barrier or add an electric fence...
     Nothing about CWD management is easy, but Wednesday's action is an important step August 8,2018 Minnesota, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Hunters who kill a deer in a CWD-affected county will be required to quarter the deer or bone it out before moving it out of the county.  The rule allows portions of the carcass such as the spinal cord to be left on public land where the animal was harvested...

... “We know now, after years of research, that about 30 to 40 percent of mortality of adult moose comes from brainworm ... That is the largest single mortality caused to moose, and our deer numbers are already lower than 10 per square mile, so it stands to reason that’s not enough.” ...

Deer hunters will have more opportunities this fall July 30, 2018 Minnesota, DNR News
... “Deer populations have responded well to favorable winter weather and our generally conservative harvest levels in recent years,” said Erik Thorson, acting big game program leader for the DNR. “So we have been able to expand hunting opportunities once again in much of the state in order to reduce populations or stabilize growth.” ..,

Deer study yields stunning results July 25, 2018 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... a juvenile whitetail doe ... was radio collared last spring in southern Fillmore County ... made the 80-mile trek to Cannon Falls in nearly a straight line ... About 33 percent of juvenile females dispersed at least five miles from where they were captured, while 29 percent of the males moved out that far...

DNR announces first plan to manage deer population July 24, 2018 Minnesota, Star Tribune
... a target harvest of 200,000 whitetails... DNR deer biologists pushed for a target of 190,000 deer...  the deer plan

The decline of moose in northwestern Minnesota July 22, 2018 Bemidji Pioneer
... one glaring fact is undeniably clear: the moose population of Minnesota’s great northwest is significantly diminished...  unless something extraordinary happens to change the apparent downward population trend, some wildlife biologists have predicted that moose will eventually become extinct in that part of Minnesota...

... eight deer were captured near the Minnesota city of Virginia ... A 3.5-hectare enclosure with green grass, forest, swamps, and lakeside access awaited the deer at Laukko Manor, and the animals soon thrived. In 1938 ...  today the species is the country's second-most populous game animal ...

Deer swimming on Lake Vermilion - June 14, 2018


Seeking ways to boost hunter, angler numbers June 4, 2018 Minnesota, SW News Media
... Efforts to increase the number of hunters and anglers in Minnesota will gain new focus with advice from a 15-member council that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is establishing to zero in on hunter and angler recruitment ... Citizens can nominate themselves through June 22 ...

Deer Follows, Greets Teens Fishing On Minn. Lake May 30, 2018 Minnesota, CBS Minnesota
... Stephanie G share the video of the cute encounter. She says her nephews, Ryan and Logan Henningson of Winona, 16 and 13 respectively, were fishing when a curious deer began following them...

GLCC begins with tree-planting project May 28, 2018 Minnesota, Marquette Mining Journal
... the DNR’s focus for the tree project is primarily game species like white-tailed deer.  However, other species could benefit from the habitat improvement.“... It’s all about enhancing wildlife habitat, so we’ve been planting trees and doing invasive work,” Debiak said. “In total, we’ll have about 15,000 hemlock in the ground by the time this year’s done.” ...

... According to Minnesota DPS statistics, collisions with deer caused 27 deaths between 2012 and 2016, as well as a further 137 serious injuries. The DPS says deer collisions are particularly dangerous for motorcyclists, who accounted for 14 of 15 deaths between 2013-15...

... The conjoined twin fawns, which were stillborn, are believed to be the first ones found to have reached full term and then be delivered by their mother. The only other examples of conjoined twin fawns have been found still in utero ...

Loss of Deer Park's white doe was tragic, unnecessary April 25, 2018 Minnesota, Winona Daily News
... the little white doe that we have come to know and love is gone... acquired from a deer farm in Winona County a couple of years ago...the DNR decided that these three deer should be analyzed for the disease to make sure that they were not contaminated with CWD... the tests for this disease came back negative on all three deer ...

Glenwood, Hunters, farmers talk deer management in Glenwood April 24, 2018 Minnesota, Echo Press
...  it is the public's turn to voice their opinions on the [deer] plan... close doe-to-buck ratios and how that helps lead to a healthier herd. Notably, more does tend to be bred during their first estrous cycle in November, leading to more fawns being dropped at the same time, which helps more of them avoid predators and get to a size that has them ready to face Minnesota's winters...

... Board of Animal Health staff don’t adequately monitor when farmers submit the required tissues, according to Nobles’ office... From 2014 to 2017, about a third of deer and elk farmers that reported dead animals in their operations failed to submit tissues from at least one of the animals for CWD testing ...

Why does Winona have a deer park? April 18, 2018 Minnesota, Winona Post
... When Winona first put deer in a pen on Prairie Island in 1961, deer parks were all the rage. Arcadia, Galesville, and Blair all had deer parks, and local newspapers ran updates when a doe was expecting fawns or when a mean buck had to be de-horned...  a few years ago, the city purchased three deer from a nearby deer farm ... In an unlucky turn of events, chronic wasting disease (CWD) was later discovered at that farm...

... The escaped 10-pointer was shot in 2007 by an Illinois man who kept its ear tag and mounted the deer’s head and antlers. The ear tag links the deer to the same deer farm reported by authorities last month to be wholly infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD)... described by the state Board of Animal Health as having “a good history of CWD surveillance”  ...

Blue Earth council: deer hunt is a no go April 17, 2018 Minnesota, Fairmont Sentinel
...  Fletcher said that while it is logistically possible for the city to sponsor a deer hunt, he has a few safety concerns, including wounded deer being in the city....Huisman made a motion to authorize the deer hunt  ... with no council member seconding the motion, it failed...

... "The federal recovery plan for the gray wolf identified a recovered population number of 1,251 to 1,400 wolves," Engwall said. "DNR's winter wolf population survey in 2016-17 estimated the population to be approximately 2,856 ... The wolf has recovered, and management should be returned to the state." ... the wolf population isn't the limiting factor for deer numbers, DNR officials say..,

Observing the social structure of deer April 15, 2018 Minnesota, St. Cloud Times
... the segregation of sexes that takes place in the winter months. For the most part, the does are with the does and the bucks form bachelor groups... in the weeks ahead as the mature does will chase away last year’s fawns as they prepare to drop this year’s crop...

Turning the page on deer management April 13, 2018 Minnesota, Daily Globe
... More than $11 million are raised by the sale of deer licenses ... as a result of an audit conducted by the state auditor’s office ... the DNR has taken its recommendations and created a state-wide 10-year deer management plan...

... Minnesota moose are in trouble. The iconic animals have disappeared from the northwest and have declined significantly in the northeast, numbering there most recently about 3,000, down from nearly 9,000 in 2006.  No one knows exactly why..,

Why no recovery in border country? April 11, 2018 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
... Biologists hope new study will answer why deer haven’t bounced back in northwestern St. Louis County ... Across most of northeastern Minnesota, the whitetail deer herd is rebounding. Recent mild winters have allowed the region’s deer population to recover from high mortality back in 2013 and 2014 ..,

... Minnesota hunters will harvest 200,000 whitetails a year — 25,000 fewer than some wanted — while gaining greater input over the animals’ management if a first-ever statewide deer plan is adopted ...

Conjoined White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Fawns GJ D'Angelo, L Cornicelli, CE Clarkson… - The American Midland …, 2018
... In May 2016 conjoined white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawns were found deceased in southeastern Minnesota. The bodies of the fawns were joined ventrally and laterally with two separate necks and heads. This is the first case described of conjoined two-headed white-tailed deer brought to full-term gestation and delivered...

...  annual harvests less than 200,000 will indicate a need for more conservative regulations to rebuild deer populations. Harvests greater than 200,000 will suggest hunting regulations need to be liberalized ... 35 open-house meetings in April will help people understand the deer plan...

DNR releases deer management plan April 9, 2018 Minnesota, MPR News
... a statewide harvest target of 200,000 deer ... DNR will take public comment on the plan through May 9, including 35 public meetings across the state in April... read the draft plan ...

Two rules to change in Duluth bowhunt for deer April 7, 2018 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... the hunt will no longer carry a "metro" designation ... The Duluth bowhunt was started 13 years ago as a way to reduce an overpopulation of deer in the city. Through those years, city hunters have taken a total of 6,143 deer, according to the ABA...

Leslie McInenly, Wildlife Populations Manager for the the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources, introduces the key features of the draft Deer Management Plan and explains how to get further information and comment. - April 6, 2018


DNR commissioner Landwehr talks muskies, deer plan April 3, 2018 Minnesota, Echo Press
... "I think it's going to end up being a population that provides for a 40 percent success rate," he said. "Figure 500,000 hunters and 40 percent success, that means shooting 200,000 deer." ... The deer plan will not specifically address many operational issues ...

Deer registration in years past March 25, 2018 Minnesota, Aitkin Independent Age 
...  in the early 1970s that mandatory deer registration was implemented for successful deer hunters... Prior to that, there was a postcard attached to the license that successful hunters were supposed to send in after the season to provide harvest information to the department...

Helicopter aids in MN DNR deer movement study March 18, 2018 Minnesota, KTTC
... The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is studying deer movement in Minnesota's chronic wasting disease management ... This project's goal is to capture 115 whitetail deer of various ages and sex classes and get GPS collars attached ...

The data on moose and fire March 14, 2018 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
...  the decline of moose in northeastern Minnesota... Biologists have known for some time that moose like areas regenerating after fire, but Schrage’s data shows just how strong that affinity really is. “If you like moose, fire should be your friend,” ... moose stick to regenerating forest burns almost like Velcro...

... The goal, if elk are reintroduced, is that they will stay mostly on public, forested lands and avoid potential trouble on agricultural or other private lands.  So far researchers are finding plenty of places elk would thrive. But the unknown aspect of any reintroduction plan is public support...

Minnesota DNR to start deer movement study to help against CWD March 12, 2018 KTTC
... Researchers hope to tag 115 deer ... "With this information we can get a better idea of how CWD may radiate out from the central core areas in the management zone," ...

Chronic wasting disease in Winona County March 12, 2018 Minnesota, Winona Post
... The Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) discovered CWD in a small herd of captive deer at a farm in Winona County ... “All the animals were infected,” ... The farm is under ongoing quarantine: it cannot keep any deer or other cervids for the next five years ...
     Remaining deer at Winona County farm found to have disease March 2, 2018 Minnesota, Lexington Herald Leader
...  chronic wasting disease was discovered in November... the last seven remaining white-tailed deer harvested at the farm were found to have the disease...

Deer fencing, tree planting program offered to private landowners February 23, 2018 Minnesota, Lake County News Chronicle
...  along the North Shore of Lake Superior. The fencing keeps deer from eating the newly planted trees.  In the first two years, 134 program participants planted and fenced over 3,500 white pine and white cedar trees... 

Mystery of Minnesota's disappearing moose closer to being solved February 16, 2018 Minnesota Public Radio News
...Of the 60 adult moose that died during the study, about 30 percent were killed by parasites like winter ticks and brainworm. Another 30 percent were killed by infections or other health issues.  Some 30 percent were also killed by wolves, although nearly half of those moose had serious underlying health problems ...

Minnesota moose numbers low but stable February 15, 2018 Southernminn.com
... annual winter moose estimate came in at 3,030 moose, an 18 percent drop compared to 3,710 moose in 2017. The agency said the decline was statistically insignificant... 90 percent certain that the population is somewhere between 2,320 and 4,140 moose..,

... Minnesota's leading authority on chronic wasting disease (CWD) [Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager] said he knows some hunters are upset with the herd reduction in southeastern Minnesota. But it's the only workable strategy to keep disease-management zones from expanding ... "We have acknowledged short-term reductions'' in prevalence of the disease ... a greater herd reduction is needed ...

Wolf, entangled in snare, shot in Duluth February 12, 2018 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... DNR said its annual survey showed an estimated 2,856 wolves spread among 500 packs, up from 2,278 wolves in 438 packs in the 2015-2016 survey. Wolf numbers had remained stable or declined some for several years before last year's jump, including after state hunting and trapping seasons were allowed from 2012 to 2014..,

Looks like another mild winter for deer February 7, 2018 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
...  the North Country deer population looks poised for a fourth-straight milder-than-usual winter ... “Four consecutive mild-to-moderate winters is the prescription for northern forest deer population recovery from the severe winters of 2012-13 and 2013-14.” ..,

Welcome to cold Minnesota February 1, 2018 TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
... northern Minnesota is the only place in the Lower 48 where wolves were never wiped out, and where moose are more abundant than deer...  thanks to the cold. Their biggest threat right now: warm winters...

New study links wolf numbers to moose calf survival January 30, 2018 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
...  renowned wolf researcher David Mech is reporting a stark correlation between wolf population levels and survival of moose calves... wolf numbers more than doubled while moose declined ...
     Examining the complex coexistence of wolves, moose February 3, 2018 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... When there have been fewer moose calves to feed on within a confined study area, mostly located in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, wolves have died off.  The relationship helps explain why moose numbers in northeastern Minnesota have been holding their own after crashing when wolf density was surging from 2002 to 2010...

Deer feeding rules don't mesh with outdoors writer's observations January 25, 2018 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
...Recreational feeding is different from baiting. Baiters attract deer to a food pile (corn, grain, apples, etc.) for the purpose of hunting them. It’s illegal in Minnesota. Recreation feeding is legal, except in [see map] ... The reason? Some captive deer (those in an enclosure) had verified cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) ...

DNR commissioner faces a landscape full of challenges January 20, 2018 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The very next deer season in Minnesota is setting up as a period that could “finalize the recovery” of the state’s wild deer herd. The winter has been relatively mild ...  There’s a fear at the DNR that sloppy deer farms could spread CWD from tame deer to the state’s priceless wild herd...

Deer management plan will tackle population size, harvest limits January 20, 2018 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The Department of Natural Resources is entering the final stages of crafting Minnesota’s first comprehensive deer management plan ... Creation of such a plan was among the audit’s recommendations ... The agency’s wildlife section wants that set at 190,000 ... the 30-year harvest average is 199,000 whitetails, while the 15-year average is 214,000...

DNR to stage special hunt in southestern Minnesota January 5, 2018 Winona Daily News
... to further work against chronic wasting disease... the goal is to both continue data gathering and thin the deer population in the area... through the firearm seasons, six confirmed cases of chronic wasting were found in the permit area 603 and two in deer taken from a farm in Winona County..,

Test results show no CWD in wild deer December 28, 2017 Minnesota,  Aitkin Independent Age
... No chronic wasting disease was detected in more than 11,000 precautionary samples from deer that hunters harvested this fall in north-central, central and southeastern Minnesota ... the disease is not spread across the landscape ...

Study weighs pros and cons of harvest levels December 27, 2017 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
...   Should the state’s forests be managed mostly for industry ... While deer generally benefit from increased browse availability in the immediate aftermath of logging, Rusch said there’s an extended period as new aspen grows back, where the sites offer little useful habitat for deer and make them more vulnerable to the effects of winter...

Isle Royale moose getting smaller December 18, 2017 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
...  the size of moose skulls has shrunk 16 percent over the past 40 years.  The Michigan Technological University research, which analyzed the skulls of 662 full-grown moose on the island, also found that moose that experience a warmer-than-average first winter tend to live shorter lives...

Rare animal haunts Minnesota River bottoms December 16, 2017 Mankato Free Press
... a whitetail deer fawn that wore a coat of dappled brown and white, with white socks and face to boot! ...  piebald. You could even call it calico for its resemblance to domestic cats of like coloration...

Tests Show No Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota December 11, 2017 WDIO-TV
... The testing ... found no spread of the disease beyond the state's designated disease management zone near Preston in southeastern Minnesota, where CWD was already known to exist in wild deer. Tests from that zone found six confirmed and one suspected case, which is down from 11 last season..,

....Northern Minnesota was home to woodland caribou for thousands of years, well into the 1900s... they've been gone since the 1940s, pushed out by indiscriminate hunting, logging, fires, deer and wolves...  the planned source of the caribou, the Slate Islands, which had upwards of 650 caribou in the 1990s, is now down to just a few, with those expected to be gone soon ..,

Antlerless harvest boosts NE Minnesota deer registrations December 9, 2017 Bemidji Pioneer
...  "The reliable measure of the population is the buck harvest, and that was basically flat." [Craig Engwall, executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association]. ... hunters reported seeing plenty of small bucks and does but few large bucks. That's likely due to losses suffered in a series of harsh winters ..,

New deer permit area boundaries boosted harvest in moose range December 6, 2017 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
... DNR biologists have shown that whitetail deer abundance is a primary driver of adult moose mortality in northern Minnesota. The more deer, the research shows, the more debilitating, and ultimately fatal, diseases and parasites, you’ll find in moose...

... a combination of more deer and more liberal regulations... participation was down about 2.5 percent from a year ago, when the DNR sold 446,323 licenses for the regular firearms season. In southeastern Minnesota, where the DNR is managing the state’s largest-ever outbreak of chronic wasting disease ... license sales declined 6 percent...

Two men rescue deer fallen through ice on Minn. lake; 3 deer didn't make it December 4, 2017 Minnesota, Park Rapids Enterprise
... Three fell through the ice and died and four were able to walk off the lake on their own.  The eighth deer, too, fell through the ice, but was rescued by lake residents... second time this unseasonably warm fall there have been reports ...

Harvest objective, Weather a big factor in deer hunt December 5, 2017 Minnesota, Mesabi Daily News
... the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced that its wildlife section, as part of the ongoing effort to create a first-ever statewide deer management plan, had proposed an annual harvest objective of 190,000 whitetails going forward...

... Of the deer harvested, 53 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016...

DNR isn't laughing about ear-tagged buck November 29, 2017 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
...  a free-ranging deer that clearly had spent some time in captivity  ... Making matters far more complicated and worrisome is that this deer was shot in the so-called "CWD Zone" where 16 wild deer have tested positive ...

Chronic wasting disease detected in a deer on a southeastern Minnesota farm November 22, 2017 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in a three-year-old whitetail buck during routine testing of the farm in Winona County, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, which confirmed the results with the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Minnesota deer harvest increases 16 percent over last year November 21, 2017 Duluth News Tribune
... hunters registered 161,057 deer through the third weekend of deer season ...  53 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016...

... firearms hunter numbers were down 10 percent from 2016 ... Opening weekend harvest was down 6.5 percent ... The drop in harvest is despite efforts to increase the number of deer removed in southeastern Minnesota to combat chronic wasting disease ...

Deer kill soars, but not in southeast November 16, 2017 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... hunters registered 145,054 deer through the second weekend ... up 10 percent from 2016 ...

7 wild deer test positive for brain disease in southeastern Minnesota November 15, 2017 TwinCities.com
... Preliminary tests show that seven deer harvested in southeastern Minnesota’s disease management zone during the first firearms deer season may be infected with chronic wasting disease...

Door County plans to manage its herd November 15, 2017 Minnesota, Fox11online.com
 ... Deer management leaders say in many areas of the forest zone, deer habitat needs to improve ... In the last 15 years, many of the timber sales were stopped up, or tied up in court for a long time...

Minnesota deer harvest up 10 percent November 14, 2017 Daily Globe
... DNR is projecting the 2017 total deer harvest to be around 200,000. The 2016 total harvest was 173,213...

CWD, Fillmore County enters second year with CWD management November 13, 2017 Minnesota, Fillmore County Journal
... November 2016, the first positive infection in a wild deer was discovered near Preston... A September 2017 DNR report by Erik Hildebrand, Wildlife Health Specialist, and Lou Cornicelli, Wildlife Research Manager, notes a total of 11 deer were identified as carrying the disease within the area. The results followed the testing of 1,179 samples...

  After hours of struggle, deer rescued from icy Gull River November 9, 2017 Minnesotda, Brainerd Dispatch
... watched the deer flailing in the water from her riverside home after it broke through the ice during an attempted river crossing ...  they bedded him in straw to warm him and provided medicine... Wild and Free is a nonprofit wildlife program that functions entirely on donations ...

DNR signs emergency rule for 2017 deer season November 4, 2017 Minnesota, Greene County Daily World
...  deer populations are generally higher in permit areas to the west and south of Tower (176, 177 and 178) and lowest in permit areas to the east and north (108, 117, 118, 119, 130 and 131)... the statewide season framework this year is more liberal than 2016, designed to maintain the population at population goals...

Minn. DNR on the hunt for deer disease evidence this weekend November 3, 2017 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
...  For the first time in state history, they've implemented preemptive mandatory testing in a region where no deer has yet been found CWD-positive in the wild... About $600,000 would go into CWD monitoring across the state in 2017 ...

By tradition, start of deer hunting and the rut coincide November 1, 2017 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Since 1959, the Minnesota firearms deer hunting season has opened on the Saturday nearest Nov. 6, inextricably linking it to the short window of time when bucks make themselves most vulnerable to ambush. Transfixed by romance ... “People agree we should do better buck management, but they can’t agree on what method,’’ ...

... chronic wasting disease ... has been found in the wild and on a handful of Minnesota's 421 deer and elk farms..,

MDHA's Engwall discusses Minnesota deer-hunting issues October 29, 2017 Duluth News Tribune
...  there are still plenty of areas in the Northland where population numbers have not recovered to where they should be. It will take several years of conservative harvests ... Last year, about 32 percent of Minnesota's firearms deer hunters shot a deer ..,

... deer populations are approaching or are at established population goals," said Dave Olfelt, DNR ... "Three consecutive, relatively mild winters have contributed to good fawn production and high numbers of twin births. Snow depth was moderate ...  a relatively early green-up of forage..,"

Bemidji, Officials say 'fantastic' deer season ahead October 28, 2017 Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer
... We've been conservative in our antlerless harvest the past few seasons and that has enabled us to maintain our adult does ...  this spring's deer population in the Bemidji area between 21 and 28 per square mile. The goal figure is 18 to 24 ...

UMN scientist seeks crowd-funding for moose research project October 28, 2017 Minnesota, TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
... The solution to a mystery that’s killing Minnesota’s moose could come down to slug and snail DNA contained in moose and deer droppings. And a University of Minnesota scientist eager to analyze that poop is looking for the public’s help... You can donate here...

Deer hunting license sales slow, but need for early permits reduced October 24, 2017 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... In 2016, more than 162,000 total licenses had been sold with two weeks remaining before the opener. This year, the number of licenses sold was 115,551.  Money from deer licenses is vital to the DNR’s core Game & Fish Fund for wildlife management...

... to study how far they roam and what corridors they follow...  carry out the work on hilly, forested land that rings Fillmore County’s 371-square-mile CWD management zone... will help computer scientists create predictive models ...

... Users are most interested in pheasant hunting (80 percent), duck hunting (37 percent) and firearms deer hunting (31 percent)...

Wright County white-tail deer herd tests negative for Chronic Wasting Disease September 29, 2017 Wisconsin, Morrison County Record
... lifted a quarantine in place since May 15, 2017, following the depopulation and testing of a CWD exposed Wright County white-tailed deer herd. CWD was not detected in any of the 30 white-tailed deer samples collected ...

Hunters get their chance for more deer input September 27, 2017 Minnesota, Alexandria Echo Press
... Many hunters wanted more transparency from the DNR on how decisions were made. A better doe-to-buck ratio and age structure within the herd were popular talking points. ...

DNR picks new leader for deer plan as deadline approaches September 26, 2017 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... the DNR is trying to answer critics in the deer hunting community who want the agency to establish a sound foundation for herd management and make data related to those decisions available to the public...

Minnesota wolf population appears to rise 25 percent September 25, 2017 The Capital Journal
... DNR’s 2016-2017 population survey estimated that Minnesota had about 500 packs and 2,856 wolves at midwinter ..,

Duluth City bowhunt under way, with changes September 24, 2017 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Last fall, a total of 352 hunters took part in the city hunt, registering 281 deer, 84 percent of them antlerless. In the 12 previous years of the hunt, a total of 5,853 deer have been taken ...  hunters may now hunt within 100 feet of a city trail instead of the former 200-foot setback requirement ...

"We are in the process of looking at some farmed cervid records—and they're bad," Cornicelli said... Inventories rarely line up. You see cases where tags are reused from dead animals ... a deer that may die four or five times. CWD test compliance ... What percent of the dead animals are actually tested? It's low." ...

"We are in the process of looking at some farmed cervid records—and they're bad," Cornicelli said... Inventories rarely line up. You see cases where tags are reused from dead animals ... a deer that may die four or five times. CWD test compliance ... What percent of the dead animals are actually tested? It's low." ...

2017 Minnesota Deer Forecast September 19, 2017 Game & Fish
... in many of southwestern Minnesota’s permit areas, wildlife managers have a hard time increasing the deer population... The highest deer densities ... occur in the central and transition zones where the prairies give way to forests ...

Ongoing wolf legal battle September 17, 2017 Minnesota, Aitkin Independent Age 
... Currently, the wolf population estimate in Minnesota is about 2,400 while in the three midwestern states (Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan) the estimate is around 3,800 wolves..,

... Meredith Cornett, director of science for the Conservancy's Minnesota .. believes the DNR needs to do more timber cutting to benefit deer. ...  chronic wasting disease and the deer farms," said Gary Botzek, executive director of the Minnesota Conservation Federation. " ... How can you protect the deer herd and have these 'centers of poison' (deer farms)?" ...

... 11 central and north-central counties to guard against the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the state's wild herd ...  no-feeding zones were mapped to correlate with areas of concern around two deer farms where the disease recently was detected in captive whitetails...
... A new deer feeding ban is in place until 2019 for 11 central and north-central.  Minnesota counties surrounding two farms where multiple captive deer were infected with chronic wasting disease... “Feeding bans in central and north-central Minnesota are precautionary,” ...

... “Wild deer in these areas are not known to have CWD,” said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Mandatory testing of wild deer that hunters harvest is a proactive and preventative measure to protect Minnesota’s wild deer herd.” ...

Don't defend sloppy deer farmers August 26, 2017 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... you can build a good circumstantial case for the link between the interstate movement of captive deer and elk and the spread of CWD in wild deer... when someone gives the farmed deer industry a black eye, the ethical farmers shouldn't be loyal...

Deer feeding ban begins Monday in Willmar area August 25, 2017 Minnesota, West Central Tribune
... Wild deer in the central and north central Minnesota are not known to have chronic wasting disease. The feeding ban as well as mandatory testing this fall are precautionary steps ...  ban goes into effect Monday for all or portions of 11 Minnesota counties ...

DNR seeks input on January deer hunt August 21, 2017 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... Populations in the three permit areas have been over the population goals established in 2014 for multiple seasons. This proposed additional late antlerless-only season hunt would facilitate moving populations toward established goals ...

DNR, fearing spread of DWD, wants owner of troubled deer farm penalized August 19, 2017 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The farm, which is said by the DNR to have unintelligible records and an unresolved escape of penned whitetails, is located near the wooded hills where 10 CWD-infected wild deer were discovered starting last fall... the farmer received a $250 fine and that the board dropped his status to stop him from moving deer off the farm...

... The late season antlerless only hunt is being currently proposed for Saturday, Jan. 6, to Sunday, Jan. 14, concurrent with the late chronic wasting disease hunt in deer permit area 603... “We are particularly interested in knowing how people feel about some of the specifics of the proposed hunt,” ...

Plenty of deer harvest opportunities locally August 7, 2017 Minnesota, Alexandria Echo Press
... mild winters and recent conservative management strategies in helping the deer populations rebound  ... There are 130 permit areas in 2017. In one deer permit area only bucks can be hunted (down from five areas last season). In 48 areas, hunters must be chosen in a lottery to harvest an antlerless deer (down from 67 areas)...

Department of Natural Resources Expands Managed Deer Areas August 1, 2017 Minnesota, Compass Points
... The deer management designations are outlined in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ 2017 deer season map available here...

Special antlerless deer hunt is proposed, surprises support groups July 22, 2017 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... A special January 2018 antlerless whitetail season might be held in three southeastern Minnesota deer permit areas with a bag limit of five animals ... No bag limit would be placed on hunters in area 603, because the DNR wants to significantly reduce deer numbers there to limit the further spread of CWD...

Maintaining a food plot for whitetails isn't baiting July 20 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
...  in Minnesota, hunting deer over bait is illegal ... the DNR is considering a statewide ban on deer feeding. The main concern ... is that the practice puts animals in proximity to one another and possibly increases the spread of diseases such chronic wasting. The ban would not include planting food plots...

Bemidji, Archery deer hunts within Bemidji city limits to return in fall July 6, 2017 Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer
... city ordinances and special hunt regulations will apply. Hunters must be of legal hunting age, pass a criminal background check and successfully complete an archery proficiency test...

Huge whitetail buck shed antler found in Minnesota. Non typical deer antler. - June 28, 2017


... wolves killed nearly one-third. But eight of those 18 moose eaten by wolves, 40 percent, were sick before wolves attacked... Parasites were close behind, killing 30 percent of the moose, including a brainworm ... 21 percent of the confirmed deaths were caused by bacterial infections, often infected wounds or injuries...

... The case is part of a disease investigation dating back to the end of 2016, when the board discovered CWD in a Crow Wing County farmed deer herd. This led the board to trace and test animals in five counties  ...

New deer permit areas set in the northeast June 21, 2017 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
... Within primary moose range, the DNR will manage for lower but stable deer densities as recommended by the 2014 deer population public advisory committee and the 2011 moose management plan. Outside of primary moose range, deer will be managed for higher densities...

Ramsey County approves new deer cull to curb overpopulation June 13, 2017 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Commissioners voted unanimously without discussion to continue a program of deer culls that has gone on since 1999, despite opposition from some animal welfare organizations, which call for birth control injections instead...

... Following several years of tight hunting restrictions and mild winters, Minnesota’s deer population has recovered ... 

... The elk restoration plan has focused on Carlton, southern St. Louis and northern Pine counties and the three specific areas "were identified as having the best conditions for supporting elk someday,'' ... it's the public acceptance aspect that's expected to be the most challenging...

Driver attempts CPR on deer in Chisago County May 23, 2017 Minnesota, KARE
...  a car versus deer crash on Interstate 35... driver of the car in the ditch, attempting CPR on the deer...

4 more farmed white-tailed deer with CWD May 18, 2017 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch
... from a Meeker County herd with ties to a Crow Wing County deer farm in Merrifield... This herd was part of an investigation initiated with a CWD infected, farmed deer herd found in Crow Wing County late last year...

Jurisdictions struggle over how many deer are enough May 15, 2017 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... deer densities ... Shawn Riley, who teaches human dimensions of wildlife management at Michigan State University, said ...“There is no magic number that I can tell you or anyone else can tell you is right for a community ... Citizens living right next door will disagree on whether there are too many or too few.” ... a lack of deer fetuses may be nature’s way of adapting to circumstances ...

Moving, helping deer fawns does more harm than good May 9, 2017 Minnesota, fox9.com
... DNR is offering the following tips for what to do if you find fawns in the wild ... Deer and moose nurse their young at different times during the day, and often leave their young alone for long periods of time...

... plans to cut more and larger swaths of trees are getting high praise. Wildlife biologists and others say more logging and more fire are the only hope for Minnesota's dwindling moose herd...

Deer killed in CWD hot zone may have escaped from a deer farm March 30, 2017 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... had holes and cuts on its ears indicating it may have escaped or been released from a captive deer farm, sources ... did not test positive for CWD, but the presence of a suspected farmed deer mingling with wild deer in the core of the outbreak area near Preston, Minn., is both intriguing and frustrating...

Deer permit areas aligned with Northeast moose range March 24, 2017 Minnesota, Northern Wilds
... “We are looking to stabilize the deer population within the moose range and to raise deer numbers outside the moose range,” said Adam Murkowski, DNR big game program leader....

Winter Severity Index was mild, good for deer, hunters March 24, 2017 Minnesota, Mesabi Daily News
... snow depth and duration of the season are the most important factors in deer winter survival in northern Minnesota, the herd is in very good condition for this time of year... noted fawn production should be excellent this spring...

Minnesota's wolf population March 22, 2017 KMSP-TV
... peaking in 2003-2004 with about 3,020 wolves ... the wolf population has been steady the last few years, around 2,300

Sharpshooters kill 238 deer in CWD zone March 21, 2017 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... brings the total of CWD-positive deer in the region to 11, with all but one found in a small area near Preston. Since December 31, more than 1,100 deer have been tested...

Northeast moose population stable March 18, 2017 Minnesota, Mesabi Daily News
... rapid decline of the population since 2006. That year the DNR reported an estimated 8,840 moose in northeastern Minnesota.  This year’s estimate is 3,710... survey was conducted from Jan. 5 to Jan. 14 ...

Outdoors groups urge legislators to approve fee increases March 18, 2017 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... a deer hunting license would rise from $30 to $34.   ... The DNR will need the fee increase revenue not only for its regular activities, but also to develop a new deer management plan now in the works and to combat chronic wasting disease in deer ...

DNR teams with USDA sharpshooters to contain CWD March 13, 2017 Minnesota, Fillmore County Journal
... 2016 discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in Southeastern Minnesota. ... seven deer tested positive for CWD during the special hunt, bringing the total of infected deer in the area to nine. The USDA sharpshooters have harvested just over 100 deer since they began their contract on February 20. So far, none have tested positive for CWD ...

... Here’s how the $30 from a deer license is currently set up,” Engwall said. “One dollar goes into a special deer-bear management account. Fifty cents goes into an emergency deer feeding/deer health [think CWD] account. Fifty cents goes into a wolf management account. Twenty-six dollars goes into the Game and Fish Fund. And only $2 goes into the dedicated deer management account...

Deer management plan meeting well-attended March 2, 2017 Minnesota, Monte News
... Deer hunting generates $500 million annually to the state's economy," said Murkowski. About 650,000 licenses were sold and about 173,000 deer were harvested in 2016, which was up from the 2015 harvest of almost 160,000. This year's mild winter should contribute to increased deer reproduction this year...

Chronic Wasting Disease: concerns for MN wild whitetails prompts deer farm moratorium bill March 2, 2017 Minnesota, Bluestem Prairie
... Concerns over the impact of chronic wasting disease (CWD) spreading from farmed deer to Minnesota's treasured 1-million-animal wild whitetail herd--which generates "more than $500 million annually in economic activity tied to deer hunting"-- has lead to the introduction of HF1948, which would impose a moratorium on new deer farms until January 1, 2020...

Public weighs in on new statewide deer plan March 1, 2017 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
... The groups were unanimous in opposing proposals to limit the harvest of younger bucks by requiring hunters to count the number of points. Most felt that would prove too difficult in the thick forests of northeastern Minnesota ... 

CWD meeting offers different management perspective February 28, 2017 Minnesota, Fillmore County Journal
... A large part of the response plan has been intensified hunting... a ban prohibiting the feeding of wild deer was implemented as part long-term disease management strategy... An eighth CWD-positive deer was identified by the DNR as shot 5 to 10 miles north, near the area of Bucksnort...

DNR seeks to increase license fees February 27, 2017 Minnesota, Herald Review
... Deer hunters face a fee increase from $30 to $34 for residents and $165 to $185 for non-residents... the Minnesota House and Senate ... will ultimately decide whether the DNR can institute a fee hike... say the fee increases are needed due to rising costs. If the money isn’t available, cuts will be necessary...

Minnesota moose numbers stabilizing after steep decline February 27, 2017 Minnesota Public Radio News
... The state estimates 3,710 moose live in the northeastern part of the state ... statistically unchanged from the estimate of 4,020 a year ago ...  compared to 2006, because the state's highest moose population estimate of 8,840 ..,

Duluth group sounds off about deer management preferences February 26, 2017 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
...  as the DNR gathers public sentiment on how whitetails should be managed statewide... most of those who came to offer their opinions were hunters who wanted to discuss deer numbers, predators, chronic wasting disease, deer and elk farms, forest management and the transparency of the DNR's deer management efforts...

Minnesota brings in shooters in its fight to contain CWD February 26, 2017 Minneapolis Star Tribune... The highly trained federal sharpshooters ... are working around the clock to shoot as many deer in and around the small home range of four female deer that have tested positive for CWD... The Wildlife Services contract is not to exceed $290,000 ...

... A recent outbreak of chronic wasting disease (CWD) on Trophy Woods Ranch ... sheds light on what appears to be an overly friendly relationship between the agency and its constituents. Four other farms have received deer from the ranch. This is particularly troubling considering the threat to wild deer herds ...

... As recently as Thanksgiving, Minnesota was thought to be CWD-free... a team of federal sharpshooters will join the DNR’s aggressive campaign to wipe out the disease where it sprang up in November in wild deer near Lanesboro... infections in captive deer — potentially cascading to multiple farms — have prompted state quarantines on five private deer herds ...
     Federal sharpshooters join fight against deer disease February 20, 2017 Minnesota, 
Post-Bulletin
..... For the past week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services division has been setting out bait and preparing shooting sites in a roughly 25-square-mile area near Preston, where seven deer have tested positive for CWD. Sharpshooters will work at night, using spotlights and rifles, to remove as many deer as possible in this area...

Bill Aims to Protect Venison, Bald Eagles February 16, 2017 Minnesota, KEYC
... would prohibit the use of lead ammunition for deer  ... The aim of House File 1356 is two-fold: To protect the health of families who consume venison, and prevent the poisoning of our national symbol, the bald eagle ...
Passive response to CWD would devastate deer herd February 15 2017 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... So far, eight wild deer have tested positive ...  The Preston/Lanesboro area is ground zero ... t there are areas in the state where nearly half the mature bucks killed by hunters have the disease ...

Hunters and anglers are paying enough February 15, 2017 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... with the state's Game and Fish Fund poised to go into the red in 2019, Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a budget that would raise the cost of a fishing license from $22 to $25, and raise the deer license fee from $30 to $34...

Roseville, Sharpshooters thin Roseville's roaming deer population February 14, 2017 Minnesota, East Side Review
... with residents sharply divided on how to best manage the city’s deer population, if it all, Roseville completed its deer management program by removing 20 animals in one night... aerial surveys ... deer population averaged around 43 deer for the first decade of surveying, peaking in 2014. As of 2016, there were 52 deer ...

Mild winter so far good news for northern deer February 4, 2017 Minnesota, Mesabi Daily News
... for northern St. Louis and Northern Lake counties on Wednesday and so far the winter of 2016-17 hasn’t been much of a winter at all. That bodes well for the whitetail deer population in northern Minnesota, which finds itself in the midst of a third mild winter in a row ... 

Hunters voice their opinions at deer management meeting in Alexandria February 3, 2017 Minnesota, Alexandria Echo Press
... Almost 60 people   " ... I think there’s a lot of corruptness in publicly run, whether it’s government or DNR, so accountability (is needed) on how they’re spending people’s money..." ... Concern over the accuracy of the deer numbers and where the DNR gets that data was a popular topic ...

Deer Management Meeting in Thief River Falls - February 1, 2017 Minnesota


... Federal sharpshooters will be hired by the state of Minnesota to kill wild deer in a concentrated area around Lanesboro and Preston, Minn., where eight chronic wasting disease-infected (CWD) whitetails have been discovered ...

Special deer hunt ends; CWD found in 1 more deer January 31, 2017 Minnesota, Northland Press
... 16-day deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota ... one additional case of the disease found among hundreds tested. Now, landowner shooting permits take effect in an attempt to further lower the deer population in the area and stop the disease from spreading...

Nearby elk breeder monitoring CWD case January 30, 2017 Minnesota, Crow River Media
... The Meeker County CWD-positive doe was purchased from a Crow Wing County farm in December 2014. This deer was part of a herd of 14 white-tailed deer. The herd is now quarantined. Two of its former herd mates from the Crow Wing County farm have also recently tested positive...

Aggressive action needed to stop CWD January 28, 2017 MInnesota, Post-Bulletin
... During the next few years, the Minnesota DNR is going to take action to manage CWD that will be unpopular to some... We will be lowering deer populations in the CWD management zone; however, there are no plans to eradicate deer ...

CWD found in 1 more deer; special hunts end January 26, 2017 Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer
... A special chronic wasting disease 16-day deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota ended Jan. 15 with one additional case of the disease found among hundreds tested ... 873 deer were taken during the special hunt...

Minnesota DNR proposes license and park fee increases January 26, 2017 Minneapolis Star Tribune
... the resident deer hunting license from $30 to $34... The last time Minnesota raised these user fees was in 2013 ...

... A sixth deer in southeast Minnesota tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) ... The DNR has issued 270 landowner hunting permits, with no limit to the number of animals that can be killed...

Bemidji,  A total of 250 deer have been harvested in special archery hunts within city limits January 25, 2017, Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer
... In the decade of special deer hunts within city limits, a total of 250 deer have been harvested from two areas of town ... "The last two winters previously were very mild so there was just that many more births that contributed to that population."...

Chronic wasting disease tracked to farm near Dassel January 24, 2017 Minnesota, MinnPost
... The Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirmed positive chronic wasting disease samples from a 2-year-old female white-tailed deer that died on a farm in Meeker County near Dassel... the deer was born on a CWD-positive Crow Wing County [photo below from Minnesota DNR of a deer infected with chronic wasting disease] ...


New Bill Seeks To Prohibit Drone Use In Hunting January 22, 2017 Minnesota, CBS Local
...SF 124. The recently introduced bill would prohibit the use of unmanned aircraft for taking or harassing deer and other wildlife...

Is it time to end deer farming? January 22, 2017 Minnesota, The Lake Country Echo
... The deer farming operation in Crow Wing County where the two infected deer were discovered is under quarantine... The five captive big game farms in Minnesota where CWD has previously been found have had their herds "put down." That includes a herd in Aitkin County in 2002, the very first discovery of CWD in any big game animal in Minnesota...

Science must win out in CWD debate January 21, 2017 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... Kroll, in a nutshell, believes that CWD has been around for a long, long time, and that we're finding more cases primarily because we're aggressively looking for it. He believes (and cites studies to support that belief) that some deer have a genetic resistance to CWD, which will prevent the disease from having any long-term, significant impact on deer populations...

White-tailed deer tests positive for CWD near Dassel January 20, 2017 Minnesota, Crow River Media
... The board’s records show this positive deer was born on the CWD positive Crow Wing County farm and moved to the Meeker County farm in December 2014.  As of Dec. 30, 2016, there are three confirmed CWD positive farmed deer in Minnesota. Two are associated with the previously reported case in Crow Wing County...

MN DNR deer management meetings January 17, 2017 Minnesota, KFGO
... People interested in deer will have a chance to discuss goals and values that could define Minnesota’s first-ever deer management plan in a series of 12 public engagement meetings the Department of Natural Resources will host throughout the state between Tuesday, Jan. 31, andThursday, March 2 ...

Minnesota needs to fight CWD January 15, 2017 La Crosse Tribune
... CWD most likely originated from sheep scrapies in a Colorado research facility in the late 1960s. Intentional and unintentional movement of CWD-infected animals has distributed the disease and it was found in Wisconsin in 2002...

Warm weather boosts CWD special hunt January 14, 2017 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... hunters were out in force to harvest deer to provide samples for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' chronic wasting disease management ... 550 deer with the initial goal of 900 deer...  "I love doing it." ...

Based on 2016 harvest, state's deer herd appears to be growing January 12, 2017 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... the preliminary 2016 statewide deer harvest was 171,026, a 7 percent increase from the 2013-2015 harvest average of 157,972.  The past two relatively mild winters have aided the recovery...

... a chance to discuss goals and values that could define Minnesota’s first-ever deer management plan in a series of 12 public engagement meetings the Department of Natural Resources will host throughout the state between Tuesday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, March 2...

Roseville, 2017 Deer Management January, 2017 Minnesota, Roseville
... deer eat and damage a wide variety of ornamental and garden plants in suburban settings ... The City has contracted with the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Program to conduct the removal of up to 20 deer via the use of sharp shooters...

... the southeastern part of the state remains on high alert for chronic wasting disease in wildlife ... the disease has been found in six game farms and twice in the wild... 

The State of Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota January 11, 2017 Lighthouse News Daily
...DNR officials have started a sanctioned mass hunt of the animals as a way to reduce the chances of healthy deer encountering the infected ones...

More infected deer found in Fillmore County January 10, 2017 Wisconsin, KIMT 3
...  killed within a mile of the first two deer that tested positive for CWD.  If these new results are confirmed, it would mean the disease has been found in five deer in the Preston area...

DNR removes deer carcasses, admits error January 6, 2016 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... The "discovery" of a site where the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been dumping deer carcasses for years has prompted a public outcry — and an admission from the DNR that in this case its protocols were not being followed...
  Hunters Angry Over DNR Deer Dumping in Rochester January 4, 2017, Minnesota, KAALtv.com
... he stumbled upon dozens of deer carcasses near a trail in the Wildlife Management Area... the DNR has been disposing deer at this particular site for a "number of years that are not fit for human consumption." ...

CWD found in two farm-raised deer near Merrifield January 3, 2017, Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch
... Chronic Wasting Disease ... We hope the full extent of the infection is evaluated soon so overall disease prevalence can be determined for the remaining animals ...

Mankato, City deer hunt concludes with a near record January 2, 2017 Minnesota, Mankato Free Press
... "Last year we took 36, and we took 35 this year." ...  first began in 2003, requires hunters to take a doe before they are allowed to loose an arrow at a buck...

Blaine, Deer count in Blaine January 1, 2017 Minnesota, ABC Newspapers
... The city of Blaine will be working with the Three Rivers Park District to conduct an aerial survey of Blaine’s deer population before the city decides whether to apply for a special archery hunting permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources...

Late-Season Deer Hunt Aims To Stop Spread Of Brain Disease December 31, 2016 Minnesota, CBS Local
... a two-week deer hunt to stop the possible spread of chronic wasting is underway in southeastern Minnesota. Three deer in that region tested positive for chronic wasting disease in the past two months...  “We’ve never done a late-season hunt in this area before.” ...

State slaps CWD quarantine on Crow Wing County deer farm December 30, 2016 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
...  quarantined a herd of farmed deer in Crow Wing County after two of the animals tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD)... private herd of 33 mule deer and 100 whitetails...

Deer hunting numbers up statewide, lag locally December 30, 2016 Minnesota, southernminn.com
... In 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons, hunters in Minnesota killed an average of about 158,000 deer each year. Of that number, around 88,000 were bucks and about 70,000 were antlerless deer, usually female does or young bucks. Comparatively, during 2016's deer season, over 171,000 deer were taken. Of those, about 100,500 were bucks and about 70,500 did not have antlers...

Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources will increase its efforts to halt the spread of a deadly brain disease in the state's deer population. - December 28, 2016 Minnesota


... A third deer infected with chronic wasting disease has been discovered in southeastern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.   A hunter harvested the deer in mid-November about 5 miles north of the two previously reported infected deer, which were killed about 4 miles west of Lanesboro. An area taxidermist later provided a sample for testing to the DNR...

... Some at the meeting did express concern about this plan eliminating the deer population in the zone ... Olson says the Minnesota DNR seems to be ignoring reports out of other states that suggest population reductions are not successful in preventing the spread of CWD...

...  perhaps eliminate the spread of chronic wasting disease in southeastern Minnesota within about a 10-mile radius of Preston and include a deer-feeding ban in the five adjoining area counties... One of the actions planned in the disease management zone will be a special late-season deer hunt ...
... this fall turned up two animals positive for chronic wasting disease  ... The hunt will be indiscriminate, with does and bucks both targeted. The DNR expects as many as 300 fawns also will be killed — this in a region where special regulations in recent years have helped to cultivate a whitetail herd with proportionately more trophy bucks than any other area of the state...
          Hundreds crowd gym in Preston to hear DNR's deer details December 16, 2016 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... About 800 people crammed into the ... gym Thursday to hear details from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on the special deer hunt planned to deal with chronic wasting disease... Minnesota has had three recorded cases of CWD. The last case in the wild in the region was in Pine Island in 2010...

CWD in Fillmore County – aggressive response is planned December 14, 2016 Minnesota, Spring Grove Herald
... detection of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in southeastern Minnesota ...  “Testing (for CWD) is no longer voluntary, it’s mandatory for all deer that are harvested (in 603) with the exception of fawns,”... “We’re going to focus on yearlings and adult age classes. And the new boundary also restricts carcass movement...

DNR announces CWD zone, deer feeding ban December 12, 2016 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
...  The area is roughly within a 10-mile radius of Preston, which is near the area where two CWD-positive deer were shot by hunters this fall.  The DNR also announced a ban on recreational deer feeding in a much larger area ...

Minnesota deer advisory group will begin tackling issues Tuesday December 11, 2016 Duluth News Tribune
... Twenty Minnesota residents representing a range of interests in Minnesota’s deer population will convene in St. Paul for the first time on Tuesday... members of an advisory committee that will guide DNR officials as they develop a deer management plan...

Deer disease is a less familiar kind of invader December 8, 2016 Minnesota, The Lake Country Echo
...When a single whitetail shot near Pine Island ... was tested and found to have CWD in 2011, the Minnesota DNR took drastic population control measures ... Some 4,000 deer were "culled" in that effort.  The DNR is now planning a similar population control effort in the Lanesboro area ...

Eden Prairie, USDA to manage Eden Prairie deer population in coming months December 3, 2016 Minnesota, The Sun Current
..... two-man teams, deployed as necessary in areas where they can hunt the deer ...  20 years since the program was adopted ...

Moose in Minnesota: Speculation on decline December 2, 2016 Hometown Focus
... “In 2006, an estimated 8,800- moose still roamed across Lake, Cook, and St. Louis counties... the latest estimate places the region’s moose population at 3,450 animals.” ...  in the early 1990s ... region’s once stable population of about 4,000 moose continued to dwindle ... Disappearing habitat, deer encroachment on habitat, increased parasites, sustained warmer weather, and predators ...

Deer disease in southeast Minnesota appears to be contained, DNR says December 1, 2016 Minnesota, TwinCities Pioneer Press
... Only two of the 2,866 deer tested returned positive results. Both were harvested about 1 mile apart west of Lanesboro... 

Chronic wasting disease returns December 1, 2016 Minnesota, Agri News
... In 2010, when a hunter-killed doe near Pine Island tested positive for CWD... Until now, that doe was the only wild deer ever to test positive for CWD in Minnesota... Southeastern Minnesota is surrounded by states dealing with CWD — which is why the DNR was looking for it...

Deer hunters wait for news on CWD November 28, 2016 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... Minnesota DNR ... expect the response will be similar to one implemented six years ago in Pine Island, when a doe was found infected with CWD. In that case, the DNR created a 300-square-mile CWD zone, and hunters and professional sharpshooters culled the herd, killing and testing about 5,000 deer during a three-year period. None tested positive for the disease...

Preliminary Minnesota deer harvest up over 2015 November 27, 2016 Duluth News Tribune
... The preliminary total through Wednesday for the Minnesota deer harvest (including archery harvest) was 155,947, compared to 147,006 deer killed in 2015 ...

Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota Deer Prompts Mass Hunt November 27, 2016 Utah People’s Post
... two deer are the only ones to have tested positive from a total of 2,943 samples ... To prevent the disease from spreading even further in any other regions of the state or even to other states, officials are planning to kill as many deer as possible...

Brainerd area deer harvest up 23 percent November 26, 2016 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch
... "What I saw out in the woods was a lot of does with twins. It indicates the population is growing ... The largest increase in harvest was noted in 242, which saw a 46 percent increase over 2015...

 Deer Baiting Violations On Record Pace This Season November 22, 2016 Minnesota, KNSI Radio
... with six bow hunting weekends left and 16 days of Muzzleloader hunting to go, that they are on pace to issue more citations for baiting than at any time since they started cracking down over ten-years ago...

Opening day deer numbers down compared with 2015 November 21, 2016 Minnesota, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
... The state Department of Natural Resources reported hunters bagged 68,756 deer in 2016 compared with 76,223 in 2015 ...

Six-point buck head butts owner of Minnesota deer hide business November 17, 2016 Duluth News Tribune
... A six-point buck head-butted a rural Willmar business owner, jumped over counters and tipped over boxes before fleeing out of the door in which he arrived on Wednesday... where workers are in the process of handling thousands of deer hides harvested in the last two weeks...

Deer harvest up 43 percent in local areas November 15, 2016 Minnesota, Mesabi Daily News
... Overall, the hunt up north is exceeding expectations. Before the season, Tower Area DNR Wildlife Manager Tom Rusch said DNR officials predicted a 10 to 20 percent increase in the overall harvest...

... Minnesota hunters participating in the 2016 Wisconsin deer season are required for the first time to quarter the animals and not bring home whole carcasses, no matter where in the state they harvest a deer...

Deer harvest rose sharply in lakes area November 15, 2016 Minnesota, The Lake Country Echo
... According to preliminary reports from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), deer harvest registrations between Backus and Nisswa increased by 18 percent over the 2015 season...

... In Zone 1, in northeastern Minnesota, total firearms harvest was up 16 percent. In Zone 2, which covers the majority of the state and runs from Canada to Iowa, harvest was down 7 percent and Zone 3, in southeastern Minnesota, was down 28 percent...

Cougar pair spotted fighting in northern Minnesota November 12, 2016 Duluth News Tribune
... One cougar chased a deer and then got into a brief altercation with a second cougar ... Dan Stark, large carnivore specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said the sighting appears to be legitimate...

Deer harvest up 30%, down statewide November 8, 2016 Minnesota, Mesabi Daily News
... Statewide, it appears the harvest is down so far as hunter have bagged 66,130 deer so far this season compared to 71,389 at this time last year...  lots of young deer as the herd is recovering from the harsh winters of 2013 and 2014...

Deer harvest up 10 percent across Northeastern Minnesota November 8, 2016 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
...  the opening-weekend harvest was 18,473, up from 16,710 last year. The buck harvest was up from 13,878 in 2015 to 14,664 (6 percent). The buck harvest is often a more reliable indication of herd strength ...

... She was watching her grandsons and doing work in the garage when she says she heard a commotion...5-shots being fired...

... In the spring of 2015, grey wolves showed up at Cedar Creek. They were seen quite often on pictures from trail cameras...  The wolves thrived on the abundance of deer and the protection of the science reserve ... the farthest south a reproducing pack of wolves has been found in Minnesota in recent history...

Deer beginning to move as Minnesota opener approaches November 2, 2016 West Central Tribune
... In the transition (southern) part of the region, there should be a pretty good harvest,” said Dave Olfelt, Department of Natural Resources regional wildlife manager in Grand Rapids. “In the far north — the International Falls and Orr area — we still have conservative seasons, and I think it’ll be not a lot different than last year.” ...

... “Based on our observations, the deer herd is quite healthy in Rice County,” she said. “We have liberalized the season because of that.”  Although one-deer limits are the norm for the state of Minnesota, Rice County hunters can expect, for the most part, a two-deer limit...

...  in northeast Minnesota ...  “We’re going to see a lot of those young fawns from this year and forks and spikers.” ... The last two winters have been very mild ... 

A Minnesota tradition, firearms deer season, opens Nov. 5 October 31, 2016 Wahpeton Daily News
...DNR projects the total harvest at 165,000 to 185,000 deer, up from a little more than 159,000 last year...

Population on way up October 30, 2016 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... We’ve had two consecutive mild winters coupled with conservative harvest regulations. That will result in increased deer populations and slightly increased hunting opportunities for hunters. … We know that in the northeastern part of the state, deer numbers were down after those severe winters. ... Minnesota has one of the only CWD-free deer herds in the Midwest...

Better deer numbers expected this season in northwest Minnesota October 30, 2016 INFORUM
... "The amount of CRP we had basically 10 years ago was providing improved habitat in the more agricultural areas of the region ... crop prices got high enough and CRP contracts expired ...With that change, our ability, habitat-wise, to hold the same number of deer is diminished...

Roseville to hire sharpshooters to cull deer in city parks October 28, 2016 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... the city will hire sharpshooters for the first time to thin the herd.  The move follows a wildlife management ordinance passed in 2015 that imposed a deer feeding ban ... “Part of the damage to peoples’ property could be the unintended consequence of people not being able to feed them, so they move on to the hosta and the rhubarb,” ...

Oak trees' acorn production down across Minnesota October 21, 2016 St. Cloud Times
... downturn is widespread across the state among the four native species — Northern red, Northern pin, bur and white oak.  Red oaks’ acorn production tends to peak every two to five years ... white oaks’ every two to three years...

... The decision by a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer to place a warrantless GPS tracking device under the vehicle of Joshua Liebl had been an "unreasonable search" under the Fourth Amendment ...

Minnesota Deer Forecast for 2016 October 11, 2016 Game & Fish
... deer numbers have been on a downward trend in many portions of the state... deer harvests have dipped to less than half what they were in the early 2000s ... We have had conservative harvest regulations for the past two years, which should be conducive to deer herd growth ...

Minnesota hunting and trapping seasons are here October 11, 2016 Aitkin Independent Age
... hunting and wildlife watching generate more than $1.3 billion in annual economic impacts ... There is a new deer management webpage filled with information on deer...

... Due to the expansion of CWD in Iowa and Wisconsin, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be conducting CWD surveillance ... Much of the southeast has not been extensively sampled since 2009 ... 

DNR plans for 2018 deer hunting, fishing season October 8, 2016 Minnesota, Virginiamn
... This month we start with the states first ever deer management plan... his time around the focus is statewide ...  the DNR is looking to have 15 to 20 committee members with varying interests... Applications for the at-large seats are being accepted until Wednesday, Oct. 19... More information from DNR

Minnesota Deer Plan 2016 October 7, 2016 MDNR
    A slide show summary of Minnesota's deer plan.

Minnesota drivers expected to hit more than 42,000 deer September 28, 2016 Farmington Independent
... Minnesota drivers have a 1-in-80 chance of hitting a deer this year, with Wisconsin drivers at 1-in-77, South Dakota drivers at 1-in-70 and North Dakota at 1-in-91.  Minnesota drivers will hit deer about 42,207 times over the next 12 months, with Wisconsin drivers forecast to hit about 54,597...

     Applications are open for citizens interested in serving on a statewide deer management plan advisory committee that will provide guidance, input and feedback beginning this December and continuing throughout the planning process.  The committee's recommendations, along with broader public input, will help DNR develop its first-ever deer management plan, which will provide strategic guidance on deer management into the future...

Natural Resources department to launch deer predator study September 19, 2016 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... will begin start the $3 million effort by capturing and placing radio collars on deer predators, such as bobcats and coyotes, in Dane, Iowa and Grant counties in October. The agency will start capturing and collaring deer in January...

No whole deer carcasses allowed to enter Minnesota September 12, 2016 News Releases - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
     Hunters who harvest deer outside the state are reminded that whole deer carcasses are no longer allowed to be brought into Minnesota from anywhere in North America.  This new restriction that includes all members of the deer family (deer, elk, moose and caribou) is an effort by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to respond to the increasing prevalence and geographic spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD)...

Piebald deer was striking in its blaze of white September 8, 2016 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Experts say piebalds are the result of a genetic defect that influences less than 1 percent of the herd. Piebald deer vary widely in color. Some have distinct white patches — think pinto horse — while others have a varying amount of white hair mixed with normal brown hair. Some are nearly pure white. Piebald deer are not partial albinos. True albino deer are totally white ...

Work begins on statewide deer management plan August 22, 2016 Minnesota, Alexandria Echo Press
... The goals of the plan include setting a statewide harvest objective, describing the DNR's responsibilities and activities related to deer management, addressing regional variations in deer habitat and populations and guiding the agency's management of deer into the future...

DNR survey finds Minnesota wolf population stable August 21, 2016 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Minnesota had an estimated 2,278 wolves last winter ... statistically unchanged from the estimate of 2,221 in 2015 ... The average pack covered about 62 square miles ... As deer numbers dropped earlier in the decade “we’ve observed a decline in prey that translated into larger wolf pack territories ...

Weather big factor in deer mortality August 20, 2016 Minnesota, Hibbing Daily Tribune
... 2013 and 2014 had 40 inches and 30 inches of snow, respectively. Both years were of course poor deer years, and in 2013 the DNR even reported one of Minnesota’s worst fawn crops since 1996... The mix of woods and fields around the Iron Range is better for fawn survival than the dense forested regions of Lake County...

... Unless Minnesota reverses well-established declines in hunting and fishing participation among young people, license sales will crash and endanger the state’s priceless outdoors identity... 

Grand Rapids special deer hunt enters fourth season August 16, 2016 Minnesota, news.dnr.state.mn.us
... The city of Grand Rapids will hold its fourth special deer hunt this fall in an attempt to further reduce deer numbers within the city limits. Following back-to-back mild winters, higher than desired deer numbers have persisted within the city limits...

ebounding deer population relaxes hunting limits August 5, 2016 Minnesota, Fergus Falls Daily Journal
...much of the eastern half of the county ... will present hunters the opportunity to bag twice as many deer this year. ... south of Fergus Falls, had a limit of 100 one-deer permits last year. That number has been dropped to 25 for 2016. Wells faults lenient limits, which lead to overhunting in prior years. That, combined with tough winters, has thinned out what used to be an abundant population of deer near his property...
... hunters can no longer bring whole deer carcasses into Minnesota from anywhere in North America... “We are making this change to respond to the increasing prevalence and geographic spread of CWD,” ...

Somewhat higher deer harvest likely this fall; licenses on sale August 1, 2016 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... "In northern and northeastern areas, the 2016 hunting regulations will remain somewhat conservative to allow for a controlled increase in deer numbers, resulting in lottery and bucks only designations.  "In the highly productive deer permit areas in west central and southeast Minnesota ... regulations are meant to use hunting as a tool to help manage local deer populations...

... Craig Engwall, executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, said the new hunting regulations reflect the practical notion that more deer are on the state’s landscape. Statewide, the whitetail herd is estimated at 1 million strong. Last year, hunters harvested 159,343 of the animals...

...  bag limits that are more liberal than they have been the past couple of years... That's definitely the case in northwest Minnesota,  ... permit areas near the Canadian border and along the Red River ... The uptick in licenses reflects an increase in deer numbers after two mild winters... 

Voyageurs moose numbers remain stable July 29, 2016 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
... the park’s moose herd represents a relatively small sample, with the latest estimate pegged at just 41 animals, evenly divided between males and females.  Calves accounted for 16 percent of the population, with a cow/calf ratio of 0.46, an improvement over some recent years ...

Minnesota DNR Unveils Deer Season Framework July 28, 2016 Outdoors with Sam Cook - AreaVoices
... a somewhat more liberal season ... During the past two firearms deer seasons, few antlerless deer permits have been issued so that the deer herd can recover from several severe winters in recent years... 

More fawns, more deer being seen by wildlife officials July 10, 2016 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... People are seeing lots of twin fawns with adult does this spring, a sign that recent mild winters are allowing the deer population to rebound somewhat across Northeastern Minnesota. ... Most deer permit areas across Northeastern Minnesota remain slightly below deer-density goals or around the goal range ...

Camp Ripley sets new deer rules July 9, 2016 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Until recently, Ripley has been known nationwide as a place where common-man archers could see, and perhaps kill, a buck of a lifetime. In 1981 and in 2001, for example, wall-hangers weighing 272 pounds were killed ...  in recent years, the number of oversized Ripley bucks killed by archers has dropped...  no bonus permits will be available ...

...  Department of Natural Resources had proposed raising management goals for elk in central Kittson County from a range of 20 to 30 animals—the target in a five-year plan that expired in December—to a goal of 50 to 75 elk in the draft of a new management plan...

Faribault Council approves archery deer hunt at River Bend June 17, 2016 Minnesota, Southernminn.com
...  the fourth year in a row that a River Bend management hunt has been conducted ... in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources... about 100 of these special hunts are administered around the state per year...

Conservation, environmentalism merge June 2, 2016 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... hunters inviting birders, landowners and environmental groups to take part in writing a statewide deer management plan ...  it won't be easy, because Minnesota has varying landscapes from the northeast with its hard winters, the wide-open southwest and the southeast with the bluffland  ...

The DNR recently commissioned an audit to find out where deer are being harvested in Minnesota. May 31, 2016


Deer management good but needs improvement May 28, 2016 Minnesota, Detroit Lakes Online
... After reviewing the audit, DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr agreed that “a formal deer management plan would help to define, clarify and prioritize deer management goals, objectives and resources.” ...

... A winter aerial survey of the deer population showed a level of 18 per square mile in Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park ...  the survey pegged the deer density in Bunker Hills Regional Park at 36 per square mile and in Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park at 71 ... Controlled Archery Hunt Information

DNR needs better plan, better numbers on deer May 26, 2016 Minnesota,  Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is embarking on its first statewide plan for deer, and intends to invite not just hunters to the table, but also a wide range of interest groups that includes conservationists, local governments, foresters, ecologists, auto insurance companies and anyone else ...
     Legislative audit: DNR deer management sound but needs improvement May 26, 2016 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... The legislative audit suggested the DNR broaden the kind of information it considers in setting deer population goals. Information on deer-vehicle crashes, the impact of deer on forests and agricultural land and changes in land use should also be included in the discussion of deer population goals ...
     Audit calls for formal deer management plan in Minnesota May 26, 2016 Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio News
...  the audit concluded that establishing a statewide deer management plan would communicate to the public how the DNR prioritizes deer goals relative to other species, help lay out strategies to improve deer hunting, and better define expectations.  The audit also called on the DNR to improve the statistical methods ... [see below]

   [from the Report Summary]:   an estimated one million white-tailed deer statewide in 2013 ...  DNR’s current model is sound and aspects of DNR’s methods to estimate deer populations are commendable and align with best deer management practices; however, we identified weaknesses in DNR’s statistical methods, data resources, records management, and validation of its deer estimates ...In recent years, DNR has used more conservative deer permit area designations intended to limit how many deer hunters may kill, and to increase deer numbers in many areas. As of 2015, DNR estimates of deer populations and deer goals varied significantly around the state ...

MN DNR to test for CWD again this fall May 23, 2016 Minnesota, Outdoor News
... After a one-year hiatus, the DNR plans to conduct chronic wasting disease surveillance of white-tailed deer in the southeastern part of the state ... Even though we feel good about the three years of negative (tests), you just never know ...

Elk hunting; deer deadline; volunteering opportunities May 22, 2016 Minnesota, Grand Forks Herald
...  the DNR drafted a new elk management plan in 2015 that called for increasing the goal for elk populations in central Kittson County to a herd size of 65 to 75 animals, up from 20 to 30 elk in the previous management plan...

Food plots for wildlife: Diversity works well for me May 19, 2016 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... food plots for deer and other wildlife ... begin by planting clover, or a clover mix (chicory is a common addition), for several reasons. Clover is generally easy to grow, does well in a variety of soil conditions, and is a reliable source of nutrition ... I’ve planted thousands of shrubs (especially redosier dogwood, which is a favorite winter food for deer) ...

Moose in Minnesota represent a mystery May 12, 2016 Minneapolis Star Tribune
...  their numbers in Minnesota have been declining over the past 10 years ... Moose live in the extreme northern part of Minnesota, mostly in the rugged terrain of the northeastern counties and in the boggy lowlands ...

Deer are hard to count May 12, 2016 Minnesota, Daily Globe
...The DNR is undertaking a new research project in about five counties in Southwest Minnesota... data is collected by driving the same routes at the same time of day. In this case it was after sunset till about midnight ...  Data is entered into a computer model and it uses this data to come up with a few different scenarios to estimate deer numbers...

Deer fawns are being born; leave them alone, urges DNR May 9, 2016 Minnesota, News Releases - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
... Fawns do not attempt to evade predators during their first few weeks of life. Instead, fawns remain still to avoid being seen, their white spots serving as camouflage. During these times fawns are learning critical survival skills from their mothers. Bringing fawns into human environments separates them from their mothers – and usually results in sad endings for the animals.  “We understand people often have good intentions, but we want people to know that fawns survive best without intervention,” ... visit the orphaned wildlife page.

... building a shelter to go over hay [alfalfa] ... “It’s to make the deer more visible, to pull them up,” Schuette said. “They won’t eat the hay because it is wet and full of goose poop.”...

... agents attached a GPS tracking device to the underside of Liebl’s pickup truck ... District Judge ... dismissed 13 charges against Liebl, saying the DNR did not obtain a search warrant...

Whitetails are much more than pets April 28, 2016 Minnesota, Agri News
... Ryan and Trudy Lickfelt's daughter asked for a pet deer almost eight years ago... The 28-acre hobby farm a few miles south of Hutchinson has evolved into 21 whitetail deer — five does and 17 bucks... It costs $300-350 per head to care for the deer each year ... We have a lot of people who want two deer to bottle feed and want them as pets ...

... the pontoon drove in front of the deer, causing the animal to swim farther into the lake.  The deer drowned shortly thereafter... The agreement required Timm to pay $500 in restitution...

... with just two indigenous wolves remaining, aged and genetically substandard, a rescue undertaken now is unlikely to help. So the National Park Service is considering whether to let wolves disappear for good or reintroduce them a few years hence... The island’s moose herd has been swelling rapidly for several years as wolves were fading and is now conservatively estimated at about 1,300...

... One of those amendments slashed funding to a Minnesota Deer Hunters Association project to acquire up to 4,000 acres of Potlatch timberland for deer and ruffed grouse habitat in Cass, Wadena and Hubbard counties... Ingebrigtsen, assistant minority leader in the Senate, said he wants full funding restored to the deer hunters’ project ...

Minnesota DNR appeals ruling that invalidated major deer poaching bust April 15, 2016 Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Department of Natural Resources on Friday appealed a ... a district court ruling that said DNR agents needed more than a tracking order to secretly attach a GPS tracking device ...  37 dead deer ... an intact piebald white-tailed fawn ...

14 deer heads cut off, left in Minnesota park April 13, 2016 Grand Forks Herald
... Pat’s Grove County Park ... in Cottonwood County ... whitetail bucks with the antlers cut off of them ... call (507) 476-4020 ...

Deer population looks favorable April 10, 2015 Minnesota, Hibbing Daily Tribune
... “The 2015-2016 winter was definitely in the mild category, even as it drags into early April,” ... snow depth is the most important factor in deer winter survival in northern Minnesota ... This is the second mild winter in a row following two extremely harsh years ... Fawn production should be excellent in spring 2016...

...The first year or two with Bloomquist, the Ericksons and Pionks found 20-some moose sheds. The next year, they hit the mid-30s. Last year, they brought home a phenomenal 55 moose sheds...

Cold Springs Deer Farm is located north of Orr, Minn., on Highway 53. In addition to providing all the necessities of a rural convenience store, guests can get an up-close visit with several tame white-tailed deer. - March 31, 2016


New grant program aims to increase hunting opportunities March 25, 2016 Minnesota, Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
... The Department of Natural Resources awarded a $10,000 grant to the Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Conservation District on March 17 to help enhance hunting on public lands by giving adjacent private landowners an opportunity to provide a hard food source for deer...

Crossbows may not be in favor yet but times are changing March 25, 2016 Minnesota, Wadena Pioneer Journal
... innesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) recently voted against a resolution that would have opened the door for more crossbows... crossbows have been restricted to deer hunters with handicaps for many years in Minnesota...

Short winter should mean stronger deer March 21, 2016 Minnesota, Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
... "The longer the winter lasts the harder it is for the deer herd ...Hopefully, this will help them rebound a bit."... We're still a month or two away from fawn production...

...  two Grand Rapids-based hunting organizations share an interest in similar habitat and already have been working together on a plan to buy thousands of acres of private forest in Cass, Wadena and Hubbard counties...

... because of a treaty between the Ojibwe and the U.S. government that was established back in 1837.  In return for millions of acres of land  .... the right to hunt, fish, and gather wild rice in the lands they were giving up ...

State deer hunters group opposes expanding crossbow hunting March 1, 2016 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) has rejected a proposal to expand crossbow hunting in Minnesota... some gun hunters also oppose the expansion of crossbow hunting. They worry the deer harvest could be skewed, particularly the buck harvest, and perhaps especially that of big bucks...

...  the DNR says deer densities in a newly defined “moose region’’ will be kept at about the same levels hunters have seen in recent years — levels that in some instances are at or near modern-day lows ... to reduce conflicts between deer and moose, particularly the prospect of moose becoming infected with brainworm ...
     DNR seeks to fine-tune the moose-deer divide February 26, 2016 Minnesota, Timberjay Newspapers 
... “Aligning deer permit area boundaries to the known moose range is part of the DNR’s strategy to promote the health of moose populations in northeastern Minnesota,” said Murkowski. “The nice thing for deer hunters and wildlife watchers is this proposal also allows for growth in deer herds outside the moose range where more deer on the landscape won’t negatively affect moose.” ...
     DNR proposal would change some deer permit areas in primary moose range February 25, 2016 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... In areas of Minnesota's primary moose zone, deer populations are managed at lower levels than in areas managed primarily for deer... 
The proposal includes changing boundaries for some existing deer permit areas ...
     Moose plan proposal would bring change to local deer areas February 24, 2016 Minnesota, Mesabi Daily News
...The changes are part of finalizing a moose plan that is designed to help the state’s struggling population. Although causes for the dwindling numbers remain a mystery, it is known that moose suffer increased mortality due to the passing of deer-borne parasites and diseases...

DNR sheds light on elk capture, collaring effort February 23, 2016 Minnesota, Grand Forks Herald
...The elk were collared as part of a two-year research project to learn more about elk movements and habitat use in northwest Minnesota. This is the first-ever research project to be conducted on Minnesota's elk herd.  Minnesota has an estimated population of about 83 elk between its three herds....

Poaching still threatens wolves February 22, 2016 Minnesota, Minnesota Daily
... Except in defense of a human life, hunters cannot kill a gray wolf...  some hunters ... blame the animals for declining deer and moose populations...

3 dead wolves found dumped in northern Minnesota ditch; poaching suspected February 18, 2016 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
...  carcasses of three wolves “frozen solid” were found dumped ...discovered in a pile in the ditch just off the shoulder of the road  ... Hwy. 8 near Floodwood, about 35 miles southeast of Grand Rapids ... a reward of up to $2,500 for information ...

Elk survey results underscore importance of elk research February 17, 2016 Minnesotda, Voice Of Alexandria
... The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ aerial survey counts elk in three herds in the state’s elk range. This year’s survey results show large population swings in two of the three herds that might be caused by elk traveling into and out of Canada ...



Minnesota Deer Herd Analysis:  About 1 million deer in 2016 and 2017, up from about 850,000 deer in 2015, 800,000 in 2014.  Increased deer permits for 2018.  Three mild winters, 2014-17, and fewer antlerless permits account for the upward trend. The 2017-18 winter was a mild to average winter with increase deer permits for 2017-18.  Fawn survival was higher.  More hunting permits in 2016, although a conservative approach for the north and northeast to allow the herd to grow.  
     About one million deer in 2013.  About 900,000 to one million wild deer from 2013 - 2010, up slightly in 2012 from better weather and hunting restrictions in some parts of the state, but down in 2013 and 2014 from two severe winters, worst in the north. The winter of 2013-14 was the worst in 50 years.  Another conservative hunt in 2015 with reduced tags to allow the population rebound to continue.  In 70 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas, hunters were chosen in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer.  License sales totaled 609,382 in 2015, up from 598,594 in 2014.  In 2015, hunters spent more than $725 million on equipment, food, licenses and permits.  Hunters were expressing dissatisfaction with the number of deer in 2015.  Read the 2016 state audit of Minnesota Deer Management:  Full Report or Summary.  Summary of 2016 deer plan.  In 2017 there were 421 deer and elk farms in the state.
     The MDNR reduced deer tags for 2014 to boost the herd and imposed bucks only hunting in the northeast.  Deer density dropped to 5.6 deer per square mile around Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in the northwest - target of 15 to 20 per square mile.  After pressure from hunting groups, emergency deer feeding began in March of 2014 for the northern part of the state, the first time since 1989 based on a legislative bill.  The 2013 deer harvest was the lowest in a decade. Anterless deer permits were reduced to grow the herd. 
Minnesota Deer Harvest, 1918 to 2016 from 2016 Deer Plan Information
     History   Clearing of forests by settlers in the mid-1800s improved deer habitat for deer in central Minnesota, but agricultural land conversion began to reduce habitat quality and with significant market and subsistence hunting, deer were rare in many parts of the state by the 1880s.
     After over hunting during the 1960's, the deer season was closed in 1971 allowing the herd to recover.  For much of the 1970 to 1990's, the DNF focused on increasing the deer population.  The legislature approved rules for emergency winter deer feeding when about 30 percent of the herd died in the severe winter of 1995-96 and an additional 8 percent died in '96-97, 50 cents from each license for deer feeding.
     The harvest peaked in 2003 at 290,000 during a time of liberal hunting regulations. Some believe too many deer were killed then, resulting in the decline of the past 10 years, bringing the population down to 1970 levels.  The 2014 harvest is expected to fall below 150,000, the lowest number since 1997.  Hunter success was 31.1% in 2013 with about an equal number of bucks and does taken.  Statistics  Hard winters have taken a toll on the upper Minnesota herd with four hard winters out of the seven prior to 2015.  There was little fawn survival in 2014 which was the second most severe on record. 
     About 500,000 deer hunters. .A whitetail's home range is about one square mile. Adult males weight about 170 pounds, adult females about 145.  The northern pine forests are poor deer habitat.
     Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)  First detected in 2002 at a deer farm in  Aitkin County.  The first case was a wild deer that tested positive was killed by an archer in 2010 south of Pine Island.  Over three years 5,000 deer within a 330 square mile area were killed and tested - none positive.   In November, 2016, CWD was discovered in wild deer near Preston/Lanesboro in the southeast.   Also in 2016,  a captive deer in Meeker County tested positive,  a doe purchased from a Crow Wing County farm in 2014.  Additional captive deer have since tested positive.  Testing in 2017 found six confirmed and one suspected case in the disease management zone, down from 11 in 2016, but no cases outside the established zone.  More in 2018.
     Moose  population estimated at 3,030 in early 2018, statistically unchanged from the 3,710 estimated for early 2017 in the northeastern part of the state ... statistically unchanged from the estimate of 4,020 in 20162005-2016 population.  Estimated at 3,450 in 2015.  The moose population dropped from a peak of about 8,800 in 2006 to an estimated 4,230 to 2,760 between 2012 and 2013 -- 3,450 based on an aerial survey reported in early 2015.  Biologists are studying the cause of the decline.   The population in the northeastern corner of the state peaked at 8,840 in 2006. By then they had already largely disappeared from the northwestern corner of Minnesota. 
     Elk were abundant prior to extermination by European immigrants in the late 1800's.  About 130 elk in 2016 in the northwest.
     Caribou were abundant in the northern part of the state but were hunted to extinction by the 1930's and 40's.
     Wolves About 2,655 wolves in 456 packs in early 2018.  An estimated 2,856 wolves in 2017.  An estimated 2,278 wolves in 2016, 2,221 in 2015, 2,423 in 2014, 2,211 in 2013. The 2012-13 winter survey estimated a range of 1,652 to 2,641 wolves, compared to the 2007-08 estimate of 2,200 to 3,500.  Record low of about 750 in the 1950's.  Peak of of about 3,020 in 2003-2004.  Wolves were never wiped out from Minnesota, the only state of the lower 48.






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