Minnesota Deer:  About 950,000 deer in 2020, 935,000 in 2019, and 960,000 in 2018.  A modest downward trend from an estimated population of 1 million deer in 2016 and 2017.  Up from about 850,000 deer in 2015, 800,000 in 2014.  DNR's 2020-21 deer forecast.  A hard 2018-19 winter dramatically reduced the population in the north  Mild winters and fewer antlerless permits account for the upward trend into 2018, numbers still down in the northeast.   The deer harvest peaked in 2003 and the population trended down from then into 2013.  Read the 2018 deer plan. Herd analysis at right.  Developing the Minnesota deer plan.  Historical Minnesota hunting data and news archive.... 
Minnesota Deer News

Eden Prairie contracts with state for deer population management November 30, 2020 Minnesota, ECM Publishers
... Personnel will remove deer from city-designated control areas using suppressed firearms equipped with night vision or thermal imaging scopes... a cooperative service agreement for the 2020-21 Deer Management Program with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services at a cost not to exceed $24,500...

The graying of the deer woods November 20, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... In 2012 Minnesota sold 521,951 deer hunting licenses. By 2019 that dropped to 462,095, down nearly 12% in just seven years. Even amid the pandemic rush to get outside, 2020 deer license sales have been flat with 2019..,

Deer harvest down heading into final weekend November 20, 2020 Minnesota, Ely Echo
...The 2020 deer harvest is down 17.2% compared to 2019 in the nine Deer Permit Areas within the Tower DNR Area (117, 118, 119, 130, 131, 132, 176, 177, 178).  DNR wildlife manager Tom Rusch said the buck kill, the best indicator of population change over time, is down 16.4% in the same permit areas ...

... A wild deer harvested in Dakota County on Nov. 7 and a vehicle-killed deer in Olmsted County on Nov. 4 were confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease. To date, 95 wild deer have tested positive for CWD in Minnesota...

Wolves preying on beavers in Minnesota reshape wetlands November 13, 2020 Washington Post
... they tend to hunt alone for smaller prey, including fawns and beavers, in summer. ... “Once a wolf takes out a beaver,” Gable said, “it takes a while for another beaver to return to the site.” ... Wolves preying on beavers profoundly affect northern Minnesota’s wetland ecosystems because dams built by individual beavers — those not associated with beaver colonies — quickly fall apart...

Deer harvest off 21% after first weekend November 10, 2020 Minnesota, Fergus Falls Daily Journal
...the Minnesota firearm deer harvest is off by 21% after the first weekend. “We didn’t expect this,” ... hunting pressure on the opener of the firearms season was very high... Sunday saw gale-force winds ... “Deer are definitely influenced by high wind.” ...

A warm, quiet deer opener north of Duluth November 7, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... deer numbers have been down for the past decade or so thanks to repeated heavy-snow winters.  “And wolves. The wolves really came in about 10 years ago and it hasn’t been the same,’’ ..,

Minnesota Wolf Population Update November, 2020, Minnesota DNR
... After accounting for the assumed 15% lone wolves in the population, we estimated the 2019-20 midwinter wolf population at 2,696 wolves, or 3.64 wolves per 100 km2 of occupied range. The 90% confidence interval was approximately +/- 500 wolves, specifically 2,244 to 3,252. Given the nearly complete overlap with the 2019-20 confidence interval, we conclude that the 2019-20 statewide wolf population size was unchanged from the previous winter, but with results suggesting more but smaller packs...

Firearms deer season looks good for southern Minnesota November 1, 2020 Minnesota, Mankato Free Press
... Last winter was mild and was followed by a utopian spring in which deer fawns and adults proliferated in the absence of deadly weather. Simply put, this means deer hunters will find more deer.  That’s especially true here in south-central Minnesota..,

Deep-snow winters have held Northeastern deer herd down October 30, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Stretch of tough winters has been worst in 50 years for parts of Arrowhead region... fewer or no doe permits are issued in many management areas...A string of deep-snow and cold winters — five of the past eight and now three in a row — have combined to hold deer numbers down ..,

Tougher hunting in Rusch's 2020 deer season forecast October 30, 2020 Minnesota, The Ely Echo
... A deer population that is below population goals in all areas rebounding from the severe winters of 2013 + 2014 and 2018, 2019 and 2020 in permit areas in Northern St. Louis and Lake Counties... Field staff are reporting below average fawn reproduction in heavily forested areas for the third consecutive year. This is a result of back to back deep snow winters from 2018 to 2020..,

CWD surveillance collapsing from a majority of hunters' indifference to testing October 30, 2020 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The Department of Natural Resources eliminated mandatory testing for 2020 to avoid large gatherings ... A year ago, when CWD testing of hunter-harvested deer was mandatory in five designated zones around the state, compliance was better than 93%. “We are barely hitting 30%,’’ ...

... Permit areas in the northern portions of the northeast region, have had long, severe winters for the last eight years. In areas that had significant snow depth last winter — which has a more profound impact on deer survival than temperatures — more deer died and fewer fawns were born in the spring..,

Lake Superior caribou may be gone from mainland October 16, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Lake Superior’s last surviving wild caribou appear to be thriving on their new island homes, free from the constant menace of wolves, for now ... Caribou were common all around Lake Superior — including Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan — before European settlement...

Deer on southeastern MN deer farm tests positive for CWD October 15, 2020 Minnesota, Bring Me The News
... The board says the Houston County deer farm, which is located in an established CWD endemic area, added a double fence to its enclosure in 2017. In the past five years, the farm has only imported animals from two Minnesota herds and has only exported animals to one place in Wisconsin...

... Money earmarked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will fund three projects in the state, according to a department news release. A total of $2.8 million will be distributed between Minnesota and 16 other states dealing with chronic wasting disease, or CWD...

Duluth deer will be tested for cancer-causing chemical September 28, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... The DNR has already collected liver and muscle samples from some deer taken near the airport, home to the 148th Fighter Wing air base which has been found to be contaminated with the chemicals, likely the result of the foam used to battle aircraft fires...

EHD, Seasonal disease kills 4 reindeer at Minnesota Zoo, sickens 4 others September 17, 2020 TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
...Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) is spread to deer by gnats ... “The sudden onset of this disease and loss of our reindeer has been an extraordinarily difficult development in a difficult year,” ...

...  This winter saw the ninth year of a diminished but fairly stable population that comes after the state's moose numbers crashed rapidly, from a modern high of 8,840 moose estimated in 2006 to just 2,700 in 2013. This year’s official estimate by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, using aerial surveys in mid-winter, was roughly 3,150 ..,

Minnesota’s wolf population September 13, 2020 DNR
... In the 1960s, the population was estimated to be as low as 350. Wolf numbers trended upward during the next 40 years, peaking at about 3,000 from 2002 until 2005. Since 2014 the population estimate has been about 2,700 with a current population estimate of 2,699..,

DNR maintains aggressive response to chronic wasting disease September 11, 2020 Minnesota, Hometown Focus
... Barbara Keller, the DNR’s big game program leader, said the DNR continues to use three management tools to reduce the risk of CWD: reducing deer densities, using feeding and attractant bands to reduce contact between deer, and restricting carcass movement. “These tools are our best chance at limiting the spread of the disease in wild deer.”...

How to provide input on farmed deer and elk rules September 1, 2020 Minnesota DNR
... The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is asking for public participation as it goes through the process of changing its rules for farmed cervidae (commonly called deer and elk) to help the agency better prevent and control diseases like CWD. The public can participate in the process in several ways including by tuning in to one of several listening sessions for the public and by providing written comments about the proposed rule changes at any time through Sept. 14. The public will have a second opportunity to comment on the rules after the Board publishes its Notice of Intent toward the end of 2020. Upcoming listening sessions will be held on the following dates:
  • Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 17, 4-6 p.m.

Details on how to join these sessions, either by virtual meeting or by phone, are listed on the board’s public rule making webpage, under “Current rulemaking.”


Southeast deer movement study September 1, 2020 Minnesota, DNR News
...Combining information from the past two years of the study, DNR biologists found that approximately one-third (34%) of deer studied either made permanent moves away from their birthplaces or made seasonal migratory movements between their summer and winter home ranges. Most deer traveled, on average, about 11 miles before settling; 72% of the dispersing deer did not travel far enough to leave the southeast CWD management and control zones..,

... some regions of northeast Minnesota remain mired on the opposite end of the deer-abundance spectrum. Some areas (see map) where whitetail populations are down due to recent tough winters and wolf depredation are governed by bucks-only restrictions this year... In one such area — 118 — the DNR estimates deer density at only four per square mile..,

...  headed Minnesota’s response to chronic wasting disease (CWD) and who paved the way for antler point restrictions for trophy-minded deer hunters ... Cornicelli alienated deer farmers in the state with research that tied CWD outbreaks in wild deer to non-compliant deer farms...
... The public can participate in the process in several ways including providing written comment, and by tuning in to the first meeting of the Farmed Cervidae Advisory Committee on Wednesday, August 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Microsoft Teams. Full meeting details and how to join the meeting are posted on the Board’s rulemaking website ...

...  DNR officials made it clear they are worried that existing hunters are aging out of the sport far faster than new hunters are coming in.... there are concerns within the agency that this year’s voluntary CWD testing in CWD hotspots may not acquire enough samples to show an accurate survey of whether more wild deer are carrying the deadly disease....

... Beavers are so abundant in Voyageurs National Park that they may be helping moose populations by becoming food for wolves... a small and isolated moose population is surviving, even as others in Minnesota have been cut in half or wiped out...

... Tests initiated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have confirmed that a wild deer near Caledonia in southeastern Minnesota’s Houston County died from epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a viral infection to which members of the deer family are susceptible.   Although not confirmed, EHD is suspected in the death of other nearby deer..,

Volunteers remove fence for wildlife near Togwotee July 29, 2020 Minnesota, Buckrail
...  to help reduce wildlife entanglements in old, unused fencing. Volunteers and workers removed 1.25 miles of three-strand barbed wire and fence posts that were no longer in use near Warm Springs Creek...

DNR offers opportunity to discuss deer population goals July 29, 2020 Minnesota, EIN News
... Minnesotans can take an active role in helping shape deer population goals across the state by attending local workshops designed to increase inclusiveness and transparency in the Department of Natural Resources’ decision-making process... workshops replace the citizen advisory committees and public meetings that were used during the last round of deer goal setting in 2017...

   Agency takes emergency action in response to discovery of chronic wasting disease in farmed deer in Douglas County.  The Department of Natural Resources today issued an emergency rule that temporarily prohibits the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer within the state..,

Feeding ban reminder July 24, 2020 Minnesota, DNR News
Six additional counties were added to deer feeding and attractant bans on July 1. Feeding and attracting deer is not allowed in Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Rice, Scott and Washington counties. These bans are an important part of the DNR’s response to CWD — limiting close contact between deer helps prevent the spread of the fatal disease. Learn more about what you need to do to help our wild deer, and a full list of the counties included, on the deer feeding ban webpage.

... tests won’t be mandatory... stations will be replaced by drop boxes for hunters to deposit deer heads or lymph nodes for testing... We’re concerned about spreading the virus... sampling stations became crowded...

Minnesota 2020 deer season rules released July 22, 2020 Duluth News Tribune
... The deep snow, which started to pile up in November, was most troublesome for deer in northern St. Louis County and in Lake and Cook counties inland from Lake Superior ... Wildlife managers in those areas restrict the number of antlerless deer taken by hunters in an effort to rebuild the herd faster..,

... hunters in general will see more chances to harvest deer,” said Barbara Keller, DNR big game program leader. “These opportunities are due to increases in deer populations in much of the state and as part of our response to chronic wasting disease in southern Minnesota.” ..,

DNR survey finds mixed views on gray wolves July 8, 2020 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
...  sampled attitudes from more 9,000 Minnesotans representing three distinct groups, including average residents, Minnesotans ... nearly 70 percent (68.8) expressed a positive view of gray wolves ... livestock producers in wolf country, among whom just 31.6 percent expressed a positive view ... Among deer hunters ...  51.5 percent had a negative view ...

Fish and Wildlife Almanac July 6, 2020 Minnesota, EIN News
... Ramsey, Rice, Scott and Washington counties... were added to deer feeding and attractant bans that were already in effect in other counties affected by chronic wasting disease...

Update: Southeast deer movement study June 26, 2020 Minnesota, DNR News
... DNR biologists continue to monitor the 28 deer (19 does, 9 bucks) collared in 2019 and the additional 46 fawns (27 does, 19 bucks) collared in February 2020... While most fawns' travels average 11 miles, some move farther... Learn more and watch for updates on the newly updated study webpage...

... The project, “The Emergence of Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota: Transmission across a Landscape of Plants, Soils, Water, and Deer,” will receive $249,000 over two years ... Emerging evidence points to plants, soils, and water as potential reservoirs for CWD prions, fueling fears of contamination in agricultural products and water ...

Six Metro Counties Added to Deer Feeding and Attractant Ban June 5, 2020 Minnesota, Belle Plaine Herald
... Following the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in Dakota County in March, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will expand current deer feeding and attractant bans ... “To prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, it’s important to limit close contact among deer,” ...

New deer population goals are set May 27, 2020 Minnesota,  Southwest Media
... In general, the goals are to increase deer populations in the north, stabilize populations in the northwest and west, and slightly decrease populations in the central portions of the areas addressed this year...The DNR lists complete details on the goal-setting webpage ..,

DNR willing to let eastern Minnesota elk plan move forward May 17, 2020 Duluth News Tribune
... in a recent letter to Fond du Lac tribal officials, said the DNR “is prepared to discuss the next steps’’ of a potential elk reintroduction... The effort needs backing from local and state political leaders. There’s also the matter of finding millions of dollars to pay for elk relocation from other states ...

Investigation of CWD deer in Douglas County wraps up April 29, 2020 Minnesota, Echo Press
... In all, eight herds in six counties were linked by animal movement and six herds were quarantined. All the CWD positive deer were in two herds, one in Douglas County and another in Pine County...

Deer culling numbers released April 25, 2020 Minnesota, ECM Publishers
... The Minnesota DNR has ... targeted culling of deer in localized areas where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota... Of the 463 deer culled in February and March, seven tested positive for CWD ...

Tower-area deer faced 114 days of deep snow April 12, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Winter severity index for Arrowhead region was well into severe category, will impact deer herd for years... The problem was made worse by a sudden warm spell in March that, when temperatures fell again, created a thick crust on the snow. That crust allowed predators like wolves to run on top while loping deer broke through ...

Fewer doe permits expected for the 2020 season April 11, 2020 Minnesota, Mesabi Daily News
...  the 2019-20 winter season ranked in the top 10 for severity over the past 50 years in northern St. Louis and Lake Counties... a lot of deer most likely didn’t make it through the season ..,

Biologists racing to save moose find clues in the forest floor April 11, 2020 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... A scourge of parasitic brainworms has been weakening, sickening and killing moose throughout much of their traditional territory. But the moose that spend springtime under the tall pines and spruce trees of the state’s remaining pockets of conifer woods seem to avoid the bug ...

Last Lake Superior caribou surviving on their new island homes April 5, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
...  once numbered in the thousands across a wide swath of three states and Ontario, are surviving on just two islands ... After a dramatic airlift operation in 2018, an estimated 23 caribou seem to be doing well on Ontario’s Slate Islands ...

Fond du Lac tribal council supports elk restoration March 30, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee has given the go-ahead for the long-developing effort to restore elk to eastern Minnesota ... State support, funding sources and a disease-free source of elk all still remain unclear...

... In most of the permit areas of the Central Hills Prairie Block, the recommendation the DNR came to was to manage toward decreasing the deer population ... significantly (50%) in permit areas 213, 214, 215, 276 and 277... [link to view and comment on proposals] ...

... Five new cases ... including one of a wild deer in Dakota County. It’s the first evidence the disease has spread to the Dakota County area, about 100 miles northwest of the state’s hotbed for CWD in Preston ...

... American taxpayers gave a total of more than $510,000 to deer farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin to wipe out captive herds infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD) in 2017, 2018 and 2019 ... 

New deer feeding bans in effect as part of CWD prevention efforts March 11, 2020, Minnesota, Aitkin Independent Age
... The DNR expanded deer feeding bans in central Minnesota Feb. 24 due to additional discoveries of chronic wasting disease in captive deer in late 2019...

... This winter, the DNR estimated the moose population to be 3,150. Although this is a lower number than last year's estimate, due to the variance in this type of estimate, officials do not consider this a decline..,

...  attendees will be able to discuss general concerns they have about deer and learn about last year’s harvest data ... ask specific questions about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and get more information about managing private woodlands for quality deer habitat ....

Deer are starting to die from winter's deep snow March 1, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... several months of deep snow on the ground may have catastrophic consequences for many of the Northland’s whitetail deer... mortality due to winter weather and predation will be significantly above average after this winter...,

  Duluth firefighters rescue deer from icy Lester River February 28, 2020, Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... "I've never seen an animal that wanted to be helped as much as this deer did," firefighter Mike Chad said. "When I got down on the ice, it had a look in its eye like, 'Help me.'" ... firefighters used a chemically activated heat blanket to warm the shivering deer...

2020 winter shaping up to be hard on deer? February 27, 2020 Minnesota, ECM Publishers
... If this wet pattern continues it will spell trouble for not only deer but turkeys and other animals... The DNR estimates that after the fawns are born each spring, Minnesota has between 900,000 and 1,000,000 deer. A severe winter can greatly reduce those numbers..,

Researchers fight to save moose February 24, 2020 Minnesota, pinecitymn.com
... its population in Minnesota has declined by more than 50 percent since 2006 ... population:  8,60 in 2005; 8,840 in 2006; 6,860 in 2007; 7,890 in 2008; 7,840 in 2009; 5,700 in 2010; 4,900 in 2011; 4,230 in 2012; 5,700 on 2010; 4,900 in 2011; 4,230 in 2012; 2,760 in 2013; 4,350 in 2014; 3,450 in 2015; 4,020 in 2016; 3,710 in 2017; 3,030 in 2018; 4,180 in 2019 ..,

2019 Minnesota Elk Harvest Report February 25, 2020 Minnesota DNR
... In 2019, a total of 15 elk were harvested in zones 20 and 30 (Table 2). This gives us a total hunter success rate of 56% for Zone 20 and 50% for Zone 30..,

Minnesota DNR adds counties to deer feeding ban February 24, 2020 Post-Bulletin
... The DNR will expand deer feeding bans in central Minnesota starting Monday due to additional discoveries of chronic wasting disease in captive deer in late 2019... Starting July 1, the DNR will remove the feeding ban from Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville and Wright counties, as CWD was not detected in any wild deer in the third-consecutive year of wild deer disease testing in central Minnesota...

... Every year, gray wolves kill dozens, if not hundreds, of farm animals in Minnesota. ... in the last decade, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has paid out an average of $135,000 on about 110 wolf depredation claims each year  ... there do seem to be more wolf kills when the whitetail deer population ... goes down quickly ...

... Deer urine, saliva, and excrement are some of the elements that can be tested for the misfolded proteins (or prions) that cause this fatal ailment. Most importantly, the test can be conducted on live deer, other testing methods can only be run on dead deer... “I think each state needs to support this kind of funding,” ...

... Fischer wants to make it a felony to have game valued at more than $2,000 in your possession.  "To reach this level of restitution somebody would need to illegally take 400 crappies, 66 walleyes, 40 ducks, five bears, five wild turkeys or four deer or two trophy deer over the limit," ...

U of M research team achieves CWD testing milestone February 17, 2020 Minnesota, UMN News
... University of Minnesota researchers ... With this technology, the team analyzed tissue samples from CWD-positive white-tailed deer and obtained confirmation of protein-misfolding within nine hours... The U of M team is funded by approximately $2 million, awarded through the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station Rapid Agricultural Response Fund ...

Winona County board approves culling of deer to control disease February 16, 2020 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... Family groups, especially doe, will be targeted most during the culling.  Froberg said the goal would be 20 to 25% of the population of deer in the area... Minnesota state officials on Friday confirmed a deer on a Pine County farm tested positive for CWD...

Wolf pack structure is interesting view of a family dynamic February 13, 2020 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The population of gray wolves, also known as timber wolves, is about 13,000 in the United States, with the majority living in Alaska. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources estimates that there are 2,650 wolves in the state..,

... As the environmental reservoir of toxic prions continues to grow, deer can be infected irrespective of whether there are many or few deer in the immediate area. That is why culling works only in the very early stages of a CWD outbreak ... Deer with Gene A live for two years after infection; Gene B two to three years: Gene C up to four years...

Talking wolves' diets with U of M February 12, 2020 Minnesota, UMN News
... In the winter time, wolves in the Greater Voyageurs Ecosystem ... mainly hunt and kill deer, though wolves do kill the occasional snowshoe hare and, rarely, a moose... During the summer, wolves in our area mainly eat beavers, deer fawns and blueberries ...

Winter already adding up for northern deer herd February 7, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Deep snow on the ground has been hampering deer movement in parts of northern Minnesota ... significant deer mortality if the deep snow holds into late March... after multiple deep-snow winters since 2013, winter has brought deer numbers back down...

...  there are 308 captive cervid herds in Minnesota spread across 70 counties. Most contain white-tailed deer or elk, but other species like mule deer, reindeer and Sitka deer also are present in low numbers... 

...  worried about the deer population in southwest Minnesota, where river corridors provide the main habitat. The floodplain is submerged for extended time periods, harming even water-tolerant tree species and the undergrowth. When the waters finally recede, there isn’t the vegetation the deer need for the winter months...

Are warmer winters a boon or bane for deer? January 31, 2020 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
... A recent analysis of climate trends by a U.S. Forest Service researcher confirms that winters have warmed significantly in recent decades, which is helpful to whitetail deer. Yet, snowfall has been on the rise as well, at least in the past decade, as milder air is able to hold more water vapor and helps lead to deeper snowfalls ... Without a change, Rusch predicts any recovery in the whitetail deer population could be painfully slow...

...  as last year’s firearms deer season was drawing near in Crow Wing County and in southeastern Minnesota, officials had to scramble for places to empty public-use dumpsters loaded with deer remains. Prions, the infectious agent for CWD, can travel from carcasses of infected animals to the landscape...
The fight for Minnesota's Moose January 23, 2020, UMN News
... its population in Minnesota has declined by more than 50 percent since 2006 ... collaborating... to ... decipher whether a parasite called brainworm is the number one threat to Minnesota’s largest wild animal...

... During the 2019 hunting season and special hunts, chronic wasting disease was confirmed in 27 wild deer, all from southeastern Minnesota.  CWD was not detected in wild deer in central and north-central Minnesota..,

Chronic Wasting Disease, DNR is right, but should grant leeway  January 13, 2020 Minnesota, Grand Forks Herald
... Four years ago, Minnesota wild deer had no cases of chronic wasting disease ... by late 2019, there were 76 confirmed cases of CWD in Minnesota wild deer.  Many wildlife biologists and hunters believe the quick rise can be attributed to Minnesota deer farms ..,

DNR deer goal sessions among upcoming ways to get involved January 12, 2020 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch
... A series of workshops across northwest Minnesota beginning later this month present an opportunity for the many deer hunters in that part of the state to get involved in the Department of Natural Resources’ process for setting deer population goals...

CWD-infected Douglas County deer traced to Pine County farm  January 10, 2020 Minnesota, TwinCities.com
... Both deer that were living on the Douglas County farm were killed earlier to stop the spread of the fatal brain disease. Both farms must fence off their deer pens to keep wild deer out and keep biohazard signs posted around them for five years...

... on Facebook last week, which shows the deer walking in a neighborhood street alongside his son... It’s the coolest and craziest thing I have ever seen. A beautiful healthy doe, just cruising the neighborhood...

Minnesota deer farmer locks horns with DNR over transport ban January 8, 2020 TwinCities.com
... A northwest Minnesota deer farmer and former Kittson County sheriff says he’ll show his trophy bucks at a St. Paul sportsmen’s show ... despite an emergency rule the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issued last month that temporarily prohibits the movement of all white-tailed deer within the state... after chronic wasting disease was discovered in a farmed white-tailed deer in Douglas County...

... Duluth area wildlife managers wrote in the letter to the commissioner, saying they had proposed reserving selected stands of older forest for fisher and marten habitat and winter habitat for deer and moose.  If the DNR plan goes through, WMAs in the Duluth region “will no longer support adequate habitat for many species,'' ....

... Based on feedback from hunters and others, the DNR is using a new workshop format to facilitate small group discussions to both scope issues and create recommendations. The workshops replace the citizen advisory committees and public meetings that were used during the last round of deer goal setting...

DNR looking into possible illegal sales of venison December 24, 2019 Minnesota, Press Pubs
...  “We are trying to nip the commercialization of wild game. People should not be making a profit off of it; it can decimate a population,” he said. “We have never allowed the sale of deer meat. It has been outlawed for decades for that sole reason... resources that belong to all of us...

Minnesota DNR halts deer movement between farms December 23, 2019 Duluth News Tribune
... The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Monday imposed an emergency rule to stop the movement of farmed deer in the state in an effort to halt the spread of chronic wasting disease...

wadenapj.com
... hunters in the DNR’s Northwest Region registered 8.7% fewer deer during this year’s firearms deer season than they did in 2018 ... Minnesota hunters had shot and registered 178,940 deer as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, according to the Department of Natural Resources, a total that includes all seasons except special hunts...

Minnesota DNR developing new deer goals December 21, 2019 Duluth News Tribune
... The Minnesota Department of Natural of Resources will offer a series of local workshops beginning in January and continuing through 2023 across the state to engage the public’s help in developing its next set of deer population goals...

Regulators to deer farmers: Stop moving deer around (please) December 16, 2019 Minnesota, TwinCities.com
... Minnesota regulators have asked the state’s deer farmers to stop transporting deer in and out of their farms for a month while investigators trace a new case of chronic wasting disease on a deer farm in western Minnesota...

... wildlife researchers are somewhat encouraged that a huge increase in testing for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in hunter-harvested deer resulted in only 12 new detections as of Friday.  The positive test results all came from the southeast CWD management zone ...

Wolves in the neighborhood? December 11, 2019 Minnesota, Park Rapids Enterprise
... the most recent estimate of Minnesota’s wolf population is 2,700, based on data from radio-collared wolves.  The average size of a wolf pack is five wolves, covering about a 60-square-mile area...

CWD confirmed in small Minnesota deer herd December 10, 2019 Post-Bulletin
... Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirms an 8-year-old white-tailed doe tested positive for CWD after its white-tailed buck pen-mate killed it in a small, two-deer, hobbyist herd in Douglas County ..,
... “This farm was in compliance with all of our laws regulating farm cervidae,” Wheeler said. “The fences had been inspected this year, and he was in compliance.” ... the doe that tested positive for CWD has lived on the farm in Douglas County since February of this year after being moved from another Minnesota farm...

Wasting disease puts deer farms under fire December 9, 2019 Minnesota, Billings Gazette
,,, Hunting preserves have been around for decades and are an integral part of the $7.9 billion deer farming industry... Minnesota has gone from zero to 58 confirmed cases of CWD in wild deer in three years. While the origin of the largest outbreak, in Fillmore County, is not known, Minnesota's three other CWD outbreaks in wild deer have been linked by the Department of Natural Resources to infected deer farms...

...  James “Dr. Deer” Kroll ... said CWD has the potential to crop up anywhere, perhaps spontaneously and unrelated to herd density. In the long run, he said, natural selection could take care of the disease when more deer develop resistance to it.  Michael Samuel, a researcher and University of Wisconsin wildlife ecologist, told Kroll during the question and answer session that he and others who have been heavily involved in the study of CWD inside Wisconsin’s disease zone don’t share his views...

Deer Farm Activities:  Down on the deer farm, chronic wasting disease is critical issue December 1, 2019 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... 339 deer and elk farms licensed in Minnesota. Here’s what types of activities are going on at those farms. Some farms may have more that one activity.  Breeding: 86 farms.  Exhibitions/competitions: 17 farms.  Hobbyist: 169 farms.  Hunting preserve site: 16 farms.  Meat production: 67 farms.  Other animal products: 9 farms.  Trophy animal sales: 102 farms.  Urine production: 7 farms.  Velvet antler production: 21 farms.  Source: Minnesota Board of Animal Health ..,

Seems to be fewer deer this hunting season November 30, 2019 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch
... Where we hunt north of Brainerd there is definitely growing numbers of wolves and last winter wasn’t the best for the health of a deer herd. Now we can’t control Mother Nature, so until we can start controlling the wolf numbers expect to see dwindling deer numbers in Minnesota...

Eden Prairie deer management program begins Dec. 1 November 30, 2019 Minnesota, SW News Media
... Since 2016, the city has done annual deer management with a target of 50-60 deer killed. However, in the winter of 2019-2020, the program aims to kill around 120 deer, Bourne said... The city has had a deer management program since 1994...

St. Louis County set to oppose elk reintroduction effort  November 24, 2019 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Despite overwhelming public support for reintroducing wild elk to eastern Minnesota, and despite ample science that shows the forest habitat for elk here looks good, the St. Louis County Board appears ready to formally oppose the idea on its home turf... Elk were native to much of Minnesota but were extirpated from the state in the late 1800s due to farming, logging and unregulated hunting...

... Minnesota hunters had registered 130,183 deer as of Wednesday, Nov. 20, DNR statistics show, compared with 137,610 after the first 10 days of the 2018 firearms deer season... see the data ... 

Wasting disease puts deer farms under fire November 23, 2019 Minnestota, StarTribune 
... 5-year-old buck is a genetically engineered wonder ...  for the right price — $3,000 to $30,000 — customers can bag the buck ... $7.9 billion deer farming industry... the origin of the largest outbreak, in Fillmore County, is not known, Minnesota’s three other CWD outbreaks in wild deer have been linked by the Department of Natural Resources to infected deer farms...

Northern Minnesota horse fatally shot during deer season November 18, 2019 TwinCities.com
... northwest of Nimrod ... inside of the horse stables at the west side of the barn. The deputy then located the colt that was lying on its side with a visible bullet hole to its abdomen area...

... Inside the newly created CWD Management Zone 604, there's no limit to the number of antlerless deer that hunters can harvest this year. The normal nine-day season has been extended to 16 days ... designed to remove diseased deer from the landscape and thin an area's deer population to reduce deer-to-deer transmission of CWD ...

Early Minnesota deer harvest down November 15, 2019 Duluth News Tribune
... DNR officials expected a similar season this year to last when firearms hunters took about 165,000 deer, with about 195,000 total deer taken when archery and muzzleloader registrations were included...

Southeast Minnesota still battling CWD November 15, 2019 Bluff Country Newspaper Group
... southeast Minnesota is unfortunately still in the epicenter of the state’s CWD outbreak.  “We continue to find more deer testing positive for the disease,” she said. “To date, we’ve had 54 positive tests and all but one of them came from the southeast part of the state..,

Deer tests positive for CWD in Eau Claire County November 13, 2019 Minnesota, WQOW
... Officials said a buck harvested in October tested positive for CWD, the fourth such case in the county since the fall of 2017...

Winona culls deer park herd November 11, 2019 Minnesota, Winona Post
... In an admittedly contentious decision, the City Council voted in August to close the deer park. Council members Paul Schollmeier and Pam Eyden argued it is only a matter of time before CWD reaches the deer park. If the park were infected, the land would have to be quarantined for five years — leaving it unusable as a city park...

... Minnesota DNR is reporting the deer population will be similar to 2018 ... "Because of the tough winter we had last year I think the population is down some," ... It seems that the deer population still has not recovered since the winter of 2014 ..,

2019 Hunting Harvest Looks Good November 8, 2019 Minnesota, HeraldReview
... Rusch’s office is forecasting a deer population that is rebounding from the severe winters of 2013 and 2014 and is now on the low end of established population goals for Deer Permit Areas (DPA) in Northern St. Louis and Lake Counties.  However, wildlife managers are reporting the deer herd is on the lower end of established population goals in most permit areas ..,

Outside of a CWD zone, but still want to get your deer tested? November 7, 2019 Minnesota DNR
   Hunters can pay to have their own tests done by submitting a lymph node sample to either University of Minnesota's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory or Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories, which will do individual testing for a fee. Go online to find more info on how to collect lymph nodes and submit for sampling...

... The decision to prohibit the attractants is part of the battle against chronic wasting disease (CWD). Recently, CWD was found in a wild deer that was living in Crow Wing County and, in an attempt to limit the risk of deer transmitting that disease, the use of attractants has been banned in counties that surround Crow Wing..,

... 54 wild deer have tested positive for the disease since 2002, most in southeast Minnesota, along with animals at several captive deer farms... Waste Management said last week it would not haul carcasses to landfills as a way to combat chronic wasting disease (CWD)...

... a recent study from South Dakota State University ... correlated higher levels of neonics with decreased baby deer, or fawn, survival, among other health problems... neonicotinoids — the most widely used pesticides in the world and heavily used in Minnesota-grown corn and soybeans ...

DNR prepares for massive CWD sampling effort during firearms deer season November 4, 2019 Minnesota, West Central Tribune
... 700 archer-killed wild deer in the Brainerd-Merrifield area have been tested since the bow season began in September and no new CWD-positive deer have been found... In southeastern Minnesota ... two of 1,500 deer tested so far during bow season have been CWD-positive and another case is likely...

... “CWD really is occupying the entire (Section of Wildlife) staff right now,” he said. “We had some of our early training, we’re doing a tremendous amount of work to set up check stations, to set up maybe even dumpsters for collection and carcass disposal.  “We’ve got all sorts of things we’re trying to do so whatever is being harvested within those CWD zones does not move unless it is clean...

CWD risk to humans can't be dismissed, health experts say November 3, 2019 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... In a paper titled “Chronic Wasting Disease in Cervids: Implications for Prion Transmission to Humans and Other Animal Species,” senior author Michael Osterholm and five contributing authors say “the risk of CWD transmission to humans is low but not zero.”... the paper estimates that humans consume “7,000 to 15,000 CWD-infected animals annually, a number that may increase by 20% each year.”...

County board hears from elk introduction opponents October 30, 2019 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
... proposal to introduce elk in northeastern Minnesota ... “Right now, very few of the farmers have to carry crop insurance, but if you bring the elk in, and they start eating your hay fields … and wrecking your fences, you’ll have to carry crop insurance to get reimbursed,” ... opposed the elk project because he feared it would place additional restrictions on the logging industry...

Beminidji, Deer and density: BSU surveys deer population in Bemidji city limits October 30, 2019 Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer
... the university provides the results of the annual deer survey to the city ... When their spotlights would land on a deer, they’d record data such as how many deer there were in a given spot, whether they were does or bucks and their approximate ages. They would then take distance measurements from the road. They use that information to calculate a deer density estimate...

... Waste Management told the DNR it was pulling out of a state contract to collect and haul Dumpsters full of deer carcasses from two areas in the state where the disease has been found in wild deer.  That throws a last-minute wrench into the DNR’s plan to contain the contagious disease ...

Hunters asked to save deer spleens for pesticide study October 18, 2019 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to test deer spleens to see if neonicotinoids are in them... insecticides applied through seed treatments, in foliar sprays ...

... Deer populations are robust across the central region ... an average year for acorn production ... A deep snow pack in late winter resulted in reports of deer mortality – mostly fawns – over a large portion of southwestern Minnesota..,

Tracking whitetails: New law opens doors for hunters, creates opportunity for local dog trainer October 12, 2019 Minnesota, Osakis Review
... new law that allows the use of dogs in tracking wounded bears and deer ... “Any breed can do it,” Mead said. “They just need to be motivated and have enough energy to do this... The person attempting to locate the wounded deer or bear must have a valid hunting license in their possession. Dog handlers who do not have a license must be accompanied by the licensed hunter with the license in their possession...

Help the DNR assess pesticide exposure in deer October 10, 2019 Minesota DNR
   Calling all hunters! The DNR is conducting a pilot study to screen hunter-harvested deer for the presence of a pesticide called a neonicotinoid. Neonicotinoid pesticides are insecticides that are applied through seed treatments, in foliar sprays, applied granularly to pastures and injected into trees.  You can participate by signing up online and sending the spleen from your harvested deer through a sampling kit that we’ll mail out the week of Oct. 28...

Habitat and public support elk in St. Louis County October 9, 2019 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
... Researchers concluded that the relative lack of commercial agriculture in northeastern Minnesota, combined with the abundance of public land, might be more suitable to sustaining a substantial elk population... the 681 square-mile study area could sustain approximately 550 elk, or a bit under one per square mile. “These estimates probably underestimate biological carrying capacity ...

St. Louis County gains in 'win for public lands' October 9, 2019 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
 ... nearly 1,600 acres across dozens of parcels acquired by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, is expected to be placed into the county’s forest management program and would be administered by the Land and Minerals Department...

... needed at least 1,000 degrees — near the melting point of aluminum — to kill what he was hunting this day: prions, the deformed brain and nerve cells of deer carcasses infected with chronic wasting disease... They’re discovering there is no perfect, affordable way to dispose of deer carcasses potentially infected with chronic wasting disease...

... A concerned citizen posted on social media that the deer looked thin and unhealthy and asked fellow animal-lovers to bring food ... prompted a number of guests to throw trash and other inedible items ... Deer have been kept on the grounds of the Schell's brewery for 159 years, ...

Deer hunting primer for 2019 season October 1, 2019 Minnesota, StarTribune
... Last winter was tough in some areas of the northeast and the harvest might be down there...  new this year, hunters can use dogs to find wounded deer... The new North-Central CWD zone was established after a wild deer near a captive deer farm in that area was found last year to have been infected with CWD..,

Another Case Of Deer-Killing Virus EHD Found In Minnesota September 23, 2019 WCCO | CBS
... epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) was confirmed in the death of a wild deer near Caledonia, in Houston County... Earlier this month, EHD killed two deer in central Minnesota, in Stearns County..,

Wild deer in Stearns fall in danger of the virus carried by widgets September 18, 2019 Minnesota, newsdirectory3.com
... two deer in County Stearns had tested positive for EHD ... epic hemorrootic disease, ... EHD came first in Minnesota in October 2018 when the Minnesota Animal Health Board confirmed six deer on a farm in Goodhue County ...

... Beginning Sept. 1, the DNR expanded deer feeding and attractant bans in southeast and north central Minnesota, due to additional discoveries of chronic wasting disease in wild deer last fall and winter. Existing bans on feeding deer will remain in central Minnesota...

Chronic Wasting Disease in SE Minnesota September 16, 2019 MInnesota, Fillmore County Journal`    
... CWD was first discovered in Colorado in the 1960s.  Since then, it has spread into 26 U.S. states (especially in the Rocky Mountains and the Midwest) and southern Canada.  There have also been confirmed cases in Norway, Finland and South Korea.  Some of this long-distance transmission has been attributed to elk farms or deer farms that have shipped in animals from the USA...

EHD, Minnesota confirms outbreak of deadly deer disease September 12, 2019 Bismarck Tribune
... Epizootic hemorrhagic disease ... The outbreak in Stearns County is said to have killed up to 20 or more deer...
     DNR confirms midge-born virus killed deer in Stearns County September 11, 2019 Minnesota, St. Cloud Times
... The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed the first two cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD ...
     Minnesota investigating possible deer disease outbreak September 10, 2019 StarTribune
...Minnesota’s mysterious run as a Midwestern state ostensibly free of a deadly deer virus could come to an end this week pending confirmation that a group of wild whitetails in central Minnesota were stricken by epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD)...

Bemidji city limits archery hunt begins Saturday September 10, 2019 Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer
... To manage the city and airport deer populations at a lower level, Bemidji initiated two archery deer hunts in 2006 -- one on the Bemidji Airport grounds and one in Ward 5 on the east side of Lake Bemidji. A third hunt in Ward 4 on the west side of Lake Bemidji was added in 2018...

Deer becomes local legend September 6, 2019 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch
...anyone who sees it is likely to remember it because it has an arrow in its head.  Since the 2018 archery season, Crosslake residents have been spotting a six point buck with an arrow sticking squarely out of its forehead...

EHD Confirmed in Houston County September 5, 2019 Minnesota, KWNO Radio
... The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is confirming epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in two white-tailed farmed deer ...

...While so far only 32 deer have tested positive for CWD in Minnesota — all in southeast counties — Wisconsin’s deer population is basically infested, and no one really knows just how far the disease has spread throughout the herd... the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the main campus of the U of M has launched a new online CIDRAP CWD Resource Center ...

... landfill will accept deer carcasses free of charge starting Sept. 1 in an attempt to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease or CWD.  “What we do with deer carcasses that may or may not be infected is an important first step in containing the spread,” ...

... controlling the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease... mandatory CWD testing is expanded in a new hunting zone in Central Minnesota around a deer farm where deer tested positive for CWD... also expanded in southeastern Minnesota ...

Rift within DNR over logging in state wildlife areas August 12, 2019 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
...  While logging and young forests are good for some species at some times of year — deer, grouse and bear all favor young aspen, for example — the same species also need bigger, older trees in winter...

Step inside Minnesota's only lab for detecting CWD — the mad cow disease of deer August 7, 2019 MinnPost
... While sales of deer hunting licenses dropped 4.6 percent in Minnesota over the last two years, they fell as much as 11.5 percent in regions known to have CWD. The deer hunting industry generates more than $500 million for the state’s economy each year and helps pay for the budget at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)...

  Minnesota deer covered in tumors goes viral August 5, 2019 INFORUM
... like warts ... Fibromas is caused by the papillomavirus, resulting in hairless tumors that are hard and rough, usually black or brownish in color. The warts can look grotesque, but unless extremely prevalent and clustered rarely cause problems...

Resolution would reduce potential elk restoration area August 5, 2019 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... one St. Louis County commissioner is asking the County Board to pass a resolution asking the Fond du Lac Band to remove one area entirely ... “While these studies have shown support for the potential restoration/reintroduction of elk, other concerns which may have a negative impact on deer populations, area farmers and public safety also have been identified,’’ ...

DNR releases 2019 deer hunting regulations: Here's what's new July 30, 2019 Minnesota, Bring Me The News
... Dogs may be used to retrieve a wounded deer or bear, provided the dog is on a leash ... Hunters are able to harvest an unlimited number of antlerless deer in areas of southeast Minnesota and north-central Minnesota with CWD...

Helping Minnesota's moose July 6, 2019 International Falls Journal
... Five years of data ... reflect that brainworm is associated with 25–33 percent of mortalities among the declining Minnesota moose population... White tailed deer, the definitive hosts, shed brainworm larvae in their pellets ...

... Five years of data (collected from 2013–2018) revealed that brainworm is responsible for 25-33 percent of moose mortality in the declining Minnesota population... Brainworm is spreading to moose in northern Minnesota by the increased population of white-tailed deer ...

A field test for fatal deer disease is just months away June 18, 2019 Minnesota, Post Bulletin
... Their proposed tool would use flow cells, which are used in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease research in humans. And the device that fits in the palm of your hand would detect CWD prions in samples of blood, saliva, urine or deer droppings...

... The DNR established this deer advisory committee as part of the 2019-2028 Minnesota White-tailed Deer Management Plan to enhance two-way dialogue with interest groups on specific deer management topics...

Volunteers sought to assess deer impact on vegetation June 3, 2019 Minnesota, Lillie News
...  “We have surprisingly little information available statewide that determines deer impacts to vegetation,” said Matt Russell, extension forest resources specialist and university assistant professor...

Minnesota legislative session a mixed bag for outdoors June 1, 2019 Duluth News Tribune
... Perhaps the biggest win was new money to battle chronic wasting disease ... legislation aiming $1.87 million from the state's general tax fund to fight CWD along with another $2.85 million from the state's Game and Fish Fund that's stocked with license fee revenue...

...  for the first time in 10 years, all 72 counties have antlerless permits available; and more county delegations each year are expressing frustration at failures to reduce deer numbers ...

Deputy saves fawns with CPR May 24, 2019 Minnesota, Star Tribune
...ound the pair of baby deer submerged in a wetland. After pulling them to safety, he performed CPR with a breathing bag ... video

... a gruesome death ... the first sign of the disease creeping into the wild outside of southeastern Minnesota, where an outbreak is raging ... there have been 51 confirmed cases in wild deer ... 

CWD testing finds a total of 34 positives in 2018-2019 season May 16, 2019 Minnesota, DNR News
     Chronic wasting disease sampling has wrapped up, with just over 8,000 samples collected and tested from November 2018 through April 2019, which will inform CWD surveillance zones and boundaries for the 2019 hunting season. Across the state, 34 wild deer tested positive for the disease: 27 in deer permit area 603 in southeastern Minnesota; six in southeastern Minnesota, outside of DPA 603; and one in north central Minnesota. (No wild deer tested positive for CWD in central Minnesota.) Since 2016, a total of 51 CWD positive wild deer have been identified. Complete test results are available on the DNR’s CWD test results page.

More CWD found near Cedar Valley May 15, 2019 Minnesota, Winona Post
... Earlier this spring, state officials found two more CWD-infected wild deer near Cedar Valley in Winona County... Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) experts said the new detections increase the likelihood that an infected deer farm in Cedar Valley was the source of the outbreak ...

... Chronic wasting disease festered within a state-regulated deer farm in Crow Wing County for more than two years, infecting 14 or more captive deer and leaking out to contaminate a deer in the wild... the conclusions state officials drew ...

Douglas County hunters get some doe permits after all April 28, 2019 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... In March the committee voted to hold an essentially bucks-only hunting season in 2019 ...The consensus among those at the March meeting was that the deer herd was down and that they wanted a lower harvest to help build deer numbers back up..,

Despite 'average' WSI, winter was not normal April 27, 2019 Minnesota, International Falls Journal
... Deer in forested areas cannot be seen readily enough to count, so we estimate populations with the help of computers. We know important factors that contribute to populations from past observations...  Given the winter we just had ... I will be recommending conservative seasons in permit areas 108 and 119..,

Minnesota DNR commissioner talks budget priorities April 21, 2019 Park Rapids Enterprise
... The DNR’s current budget is about $1 billion... calls for $1.8 million for research to better estimate deer populations... provide $4.6 million from the state’s General Fund for monitoring and responding to chronic wasting disease in wild deer ...

... they found more than one animal already dead ... the “depopulation’’ action killed a monstrous mule deer buck named Mass XL, a famous sire in deer farming circles... Five years from now, the deer farm can be restocked ...

Crow Wing County Farm Closes Under Deal To Contain Deer Disease - April 18, 2019 Minnesota

CWD-positive deer farm closed in central Minnesota April 17, 2019 KSTP-TV
... In 2018, four more deer tested positive, and a wild deer near his farm was found to have CWD this past January. So Schmidt agreed to have his farm depopulated ... paid by the USDA for his herd ...

Winter takes heavy toll on northern Minnesota deer April 6, 2019 Duluth News Tribune ·
... for deer across northern Minnesota, especially in the Arrowhead region, the winter of 2018-19 is still having an impact that may be felt for years to come.  Wildlife experts said deer mortality due to winter weather and predation will be "significantly ..,

What's behind hunter apathy right now? April 3, 2019 Minnesota, Alexandria Echo Press
...  public meetings going on around the state in Minnesota  ... in Wheaton ... the meeting drew about 12 people ... Fergus Falls ... only two other hunters showed up ... 36 in St. Charles ... 

Deer Hunt Management  April 3, 2019 Minnesota, fox21online 
... This past year, the DNR says the deer population drastically decreased. Wildlife experts are hoping hunters will be more mindful of letting the deer grow so that population can grow once again..,

Chronic wasting disease tops concerns at deer meeting March 29, 2019 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
... With the recent discovery of a wild deer with the highly-contagious disease, north of Brainerd, concerns over CWD have spiked among those who consume venison in northern Minnesota. It’s also a concern to DNR wildlife managers, who rely on license sales for much of the revenue ...

DNR talks deer March 28, 2019 Minnesota, Fergus Falls Daily Journal-
... The winter of 2018-2019 was a rough one in many parts of the state with both heavy snow depths and many days and nights of sub-zero weather. Otter Tail County was not spared.  “We certainly lost some fawns,” ..,

... the National Park Service captured 20 female moose and fitted them with GPS collars, so they can track where they forage on the island, and ultimately, how they die...  is in the midst of a plan to bring up to 30 wolves to the island in the next three to five years...
     Seven new wolves on Isle Royale March 25, 2019 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Six wolves that appeared destined for starvation on Lake Superior's Michipicoten Island were trapped over the weekend and helicoptered to Isle Royale where they should find plenty of moose to dine on... now apparently 15 wolves on the island with about 1,500 moose...

Few chances for anterless deer in Douglas County this fall March 23, 2019 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... many hunters say they were disappointed with the low number of deer in the county and that they want to have a very conservative season in 2019 to help rebuild the herd... 

... State officials have identified 18 wild deer with the disease, and eight deer and elk farms have had positive CWD tests, some of which had entire herds infected. There isn’t absolute evidence that points to wild or captive deer as the origin of CWD in Minnesota, but a positive case in the wild has always been in proximity to a farm with CWD in its herds...

... The 10-day surveillance and collection project will cover a 2-mile radius surrounding the area where a wild doe, which tested positive for the deadly disease affecting deer and related animals, was found Jan. 23. The presence of CWD in the doe was confirmed Feb. 14...

Minnesota can be a national leader on CWD March 18, 2019 Brainerd Dispatch, By Rep. Josh Heintzeman 
...  I have introduced legislation that would establish a Chronic Wasting Disease Research Center at the University of Minnesota... would be tasked with developing solutions to control the spread of CWD and to study the impacts of the disease on wildlife health, human health, and farmed cervidae (deer farms)...

... The preliminary recommendation of the Vilas County DNR Deer Advisory Council (CDAC), meeting in Boulder Junction last week, was to continue the position to maintain the deer population ... The estimated population was 17,500 or 23 per square mile of deer range...
A return to wolf hunting in Minnesota? March 13, 2019 Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Dan Stark, DNR large carnivore specialist, said Minnesota’s wolf population has been stable for many years, edging up when deer are abundant in northern forests and down when there’s fewer whitetails to prey upon. The most recent survey, conducted last winter, estimated 2,655 wolves in the state ..,

Deer open houses dates and times now available March 12, 2019 Minnesota DNR
... Starting March 18, area offices will be dedicating time for conversations about anything deer-related, including last year’s harvest data, potential season changes or the updated Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan. Find out when you can stop by or call your local office by visiting the Deer Plan webpage.

Minnesota moose holding their own March 11, 2019 Brainerd Dispatch
... a modern high of 8,840 moose estimated in 2006 to just 2,700 in 2013... This year’s aerial survey ... accounted for an estimated 4,180 moose total. That’s up considerably from last year’s estimate of 3,030. But because there’s such a large range of variability in the survey, the increase is considered statistically insignificant..,

Mule deer buck shot by authorities north of TRF had brain worm March 8, 2019 Minnesota, Alexandria Echo Press
...  shot in January north of Thief River Falls ... The mule deer also was tested for chronic wasting disease, and test results in early February came back negative...

... a number of experts from the University of Minnesota pressed upon lawmakers that the disease should be treated as a public health issue — a major expansion of its current scope as mostly a wildlife and hunting concern... the disease is spread via extremely hardy protein cells, known as prions ...

... lawmakers proposed setting a moratorium on new deer farms that can open in Minnesota and offering buyouts for existing ones. They also proposed requiring cervid farmers to euthanize their herds if a deer was found to have CWD...

Healthy wild deer not CWD  March 4, 2019 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch
... The University of Minnesota's Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy says, "I do believe that it is not a matter of if, but when, CWD crosses to humans." ... Hunters currently have to wait about one week to find out if the harvested deer they have processed themselves or paid for processing is safe enough to eat ...

Some deer will die as winter snows pile up March 2, 2019 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... the DNR's winter severity index already has hit 100 in his area with several weeks of winter yet to go.  "You can see the deer really struggling to get through the snow. Especially the fawns,'' Rusch said. "It's getting worse for them with every snowfall." ...

Southeast Minnesota deer movement study February 28, 2019 Minnesota, DNR News
... the average winter home range size was 1.60 km2 for juvenile females, 2.28 km2 for juvenile males and 2.96 km2 for adult males. These winter home range estimates align with our expectations of deer activity at this time of year.  During the spring dispersal period from mid-April through mid-July, 28 percent of juvenile bucks and 40 percent of juvenile does dispersed from their birth range..,

... in southeastern Minnesota ... More than 40 wild deer have tested positive ...  in an area that's centered around Preston ... ongoing culling efforts by federal sharpshooters continue to find infected animals... Gov. Tim Walz announced that he will seek a $4.6 million budget allocation for the DNR to battle the disease ...

... Minnesota Deer Hunters Association ... wants:  Mandatory killing of all deer on any deer farm where one tests positive for CWD... Banning captive deer ... from being transported in and out of the state ...

Minnesota regulations on chronic wasting disease under scrutiny February 22, 2019 Minnesota Public Radio News
... in 2016, when two deer at the Trophy Woods Ranch in Crow Wing County tested positive for CWD... he wanted to try to heal his herd ... seven more deer at Trophy Woods got sick last year ... An infected doe was found dead just half a mile outside the farm's fence line...

Fee reallocation could boost funding for DNR deer management February 19, 2019 Minnesota House of Representatives - Minnesota Legislature
... HF600 would reduce a portion of funds allocated to the Game and Fish fund, redirecting that money instead to the Department of Natural Resources’ deer management account. Currently, the DNR receives $2 per license to be used for deer habitat improvement and deer management programs. The bill would increase that amount to $16 per license...

Minnesota lawmakers, hunters target CWD February 17, 2019 Duluth News Tribune 
... a package of new bills that they hope will pass during the 2019 legislative session and help battle chronic wasting disease... more state general tax money for the Department of Natural Resources to combat the always fatal deer disease...

... found dead a half-mile from a farm where captive deer have tested positive for the disease ...  previously found in Minnesota wild deer only in Fillmore, Houston and Winona Counties. This latest discovery was in Crow Wing County...
     Another CWD deer is found, this one near Brainerd February 15, 2019 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... discovered Jan. 23 in an adult female in Merrifield, Minn., not far from a private game farm known to have had infected deer, 

Chronic Wasting Disease, Scientists warn 'zombie' deer disease could spread to humans February 14, 2019 Minnesota, triblive.com
... Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said , “It is probable that human cases of CWD associated with the consumption of contaminated meat will be documented in the years ahead...

... with recent snowfalls pushing the Arrowhead’s snowpack beyond 2 feet in depth with areas along the North Shore approaching or surpassing depths of 40 inches. Even at 15 inches of snow, deer movements are hampered....

Chronic Wasting Disease, Fatal deer disease poses 'beast' of a problem for Minnesota lawmakers February 11, 2019 Duluth News Tribune 
... Minnesota lawmakers agree that scientists should get nearly $2 million to create a test that would detect a fatal disease in deer...would fund research at the University of Minnesota...

Suspected CWD found in Cedar Valley February 6, 2019 Minnesota, Winona Post
... A deer killed near Pickwick last month was likely infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD) ...  shot two weeks ago during the first weekend of a recent special hunt, when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) allowed hunting outside the normal season in order to sample more deer for CWD ...

New test could speed detection of brain disease in deer February 1, 2019 Minnesota, PostBulletin.com
... They’ll be run through a bath of red dye, which only sticks to the misfolded proteins, called prions, that cause CWD.... “I’ve been doing this for 10 years and all I’ve done is watch CWD march across North America, with kind of a helpless feeling,” ...

... 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...

... veterinary scientists at the University of Minnesota told Forum News Service on Monday, Jan. 28, that they expect to have a breakthrough prototype tool to detect the disease in 2021. And they asked lawmakers last week for $1.8 million to make that a reality...

Minnesota elk plan deserves thought and care January 27, 2019 The Lake Country Echo
... an elk's eating is about 85 percent grazing and 15 percent browsing ... Deer at the park are roughly the reverse in dietary preferences, at 75 percent browsing and 25 percent grazing...In winter, however ... elk  ... become browsers of necessity ... compete with deer...

Lawmakers seek stronger action against fatal deer disease January 27, 2019 Minnesota, Winona Daily News
... Some Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on deer farms as concern grows about the persistence of chronic wasting disease ...

... Mule deer aren’t common in northwest Minnesota or northeast North Dakota, but the animals do occasionally stray into the region... a motorist who had to physically shoo the buck off the road...

Minnesota DNR forming new deer management committee January 13, 2019 Duluth News Tribune
... Minnesotans interested in deer management can apply to serve on a new, statewide Deer Advisory Committee aimed at developing better communications between the public and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources...

Chronic wasting disease battle heats up in Minnesota January 13, 2019 Duluth News Tribune
... 55 Wisconsin counties now identified as CWD sites ... In parts of southern Wisconsin, more than 50 percent of the wild deer are now infected ... "I do believe that it is not a matter of if, but when, CWD crosses to humans,'' [Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota] ...

DNR seeks applicants for new Minnesota Deer Advisory Committee January 7, 2019 Minnesota, Grand Forks Herald
... People interested in applying for a seat on the new committee have through Friday, Feb. 8, to submit applications. Information about the committee structure, functions, expectations of appointed members, and how to apply are available on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/deer ...

... Despite plummeting prices, MDHA reached an 11th-hour agreement with a Wisconsin company, North American Trading, to buy hides at a price that was high enough to justify continuing the program.  The Thief River Falls chapter sold its hides for $4.50 a hide, the lowest it's ever gotten ...

Volunteer scientists play important role in wildlife research project January 4, 2018 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch
... a camera-trap project at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve  A network of 120 trail cameras was deployed in in 2017 across the site’s 5,400 acres. So far, the cameras have captured almost 1 million images of animals, including whitetail deer ...

DNR plans late-season deer hunts to address spread of CWD January 3, 2019 Minnesota, Star Tribune
... The additional late-season hunts come on the heels of a wild adult male deer in Houston County testing positive for the neurological disease. The buck was shot during the opening weekend of the 2018 firearms deer season, and its CWD was confirmed in December ...

Chronic Wasting Disease, CWD continues to be concerning issue in southeastern Minnesota December 27, 2018 Bluff Country Newspaper Group
... 75 percent of all cases have been found between Preston and Lanesboro, referred to as the CWD Core Area. Eliminating the disease in the core area may not be realistic, and the DNR’s goal hinges on reducing risk of disease transmission among deer...

Protecting plants from deer December, 2018 Minnesota, 
... The University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) have supported research on practical tips for keeping deer away from plants... Information on deer-micro exclosures and repellant ... 

... "Our hope and plan was to try and eliminate the disease from the landscape by catching it early," DNR Wildlife Research Manager Lou Cornicelli said. "That appears not to be the case. I think our hope now is can we keep the infection contained ...

  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 ...


Minnesota Deer Herd Analysis:  An early 2020 state forecast put the deer population between 900,000 to 1 million deer, or about 950,000 deer.  Based on harvest data about 935,000 deer in 2019 and 960,000 in 2018.  Harvest data indicates a modest downward trend from a state estimate of about 1 million deer in 2016 and 2017, but up from about 850,000 deer in 2015, 800,000 in 2014.  DNR's 2020-21 forecast.  Population goals in 2020 are to increase deer populations in the north where harsh weather and deep snow has kept the population down, to stabilize populations in the northwest and west, and slightly decrease populations in the central portions.   DNR forecast for 2019-20.   In 2019 462,095 deer hunting licenses sold compared to 521,951 in 2012.
     A rough winter in 2018-19 resulted in a drastic population decline in northern areas according to the DNR, but three mild winters, 2014-17, and fewer antlerless permits allowed for an upward upward trend.  The 2017-18 winter was a mild to average winter with increased deer permits for 2018. Fawn survival was higher.  Also mild in 2016-17.  More hunting permits in 2016, although a conservative approach for the north and northeast to allow the herd to grow.  A mild 2015-16 winter, the second in a row, increased deer populations.
     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.  In 2019 there were 339 licensed deer and elk farms in the state, 308 in 2020.
     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, 34 in the 2018-19 season, and 2019.  Online CIDRAP CWD Resource Center
     Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) was first identified n Minnesota in October 2018 when the Minnesota Animal Health Board confirmed six deer on a farm in Goodhue County.  The first two cases in the wild herd were found in Stearns county in 2019 and a third in Houston County.

Moose Population

20058,160 
2006 8,840 
2007 6,860 
20087,890 
 20097,890 
 20105,700 
 20114,900 
 20124,230 
 20132,760 
 20144,350 
 20153,450 
 20164,020 
20173,710 
 20183,030 
 20194,180 
 20203,150 

     Moose population estimated at 3,150 in early 2020,  estimated at  4,180 in early 2019, an estimate of 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  An estimated  2,696 in 2020, about the same at 2,700 wolves in 2019.  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 350 - 750 in the 1950's and 1960's.  Peak of of about 3,020 in 2003-2004.  Wolves were never wiped out from Minnesota, the only state of the lower 48.
    Cougar  Some have been spotted.






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