DNR seeks deer hunting photos

Do you have photos from Minnesota’s youth deer season or early antlerless-only season Oct. 21-24? Have you been archery hunting or enjoyed other deer hunting opportunities in Minnesota? The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would love to see your photos to share them back with others. Upload photos to the DNR website at mndnr.gov/hunting/deer/share-photos.html.

– Herald staff report

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DNR offers deer hunting webinars

With Minnesota’s firearms deer season opener just days away on Saturday, Nov. 6, the DNR is offering a couple of Wednesday noontime deer-related skills webinars for hunters interested in going online to learn more.

Upcoming skills webinars are as follows:

  • Nov. 3: Preparing for the firearms deer season.

  • Nov. 10: Muzzleloader hunting tips and techniques.

For details, check out the DNR outdoors skills webinar page at mndnr.gov/fishwildlife/outreach/index.html.

– Herald staff report

DNR offers CWD testing reminder

Deer hunters in several parts of Minnesota must bring their harvested deer to sampling stations to be tested for chronic wasting disease during the opening weekends of firearms seasons, the DNR said in a reminder.

For more information, check out the DNR website to see a listing of deer permit areas where CWD sampling is required.

– Herald staff report

DNR plans neonic screening

The Minnesota DNR is continuing research to screen hunter-harvested deer for the presence of neonicotinoids, the most widely used class of insecticides worldwide. The sample needed for testing is the spleen, an organ that is large, flat and dark red in appearance. It is attached to the stomach of a deer and easily found while field-dressing.

Hunters in deer permit areas 234, 237, 295, 296, 241, 214, 239, 240, 604, 172, 171 or 179 who are interested in participating can sign up on the DNR website.

– Herald staff report

Prepare tree stands for safe hunt

Tree stand-related accidents are the leading cause of injuries among hunters. Firearms deer hunters should make sure all of their tree stand equipment is in good working order and ready for another season. Check the stand itself, as well as the safety harness and haul line. Also, it’s never a bad idea to practice getting into and out of the stand a few times so you aren’t rusty on opening day.

More details: DNR tree stand safety page.

– Herald staff report

Permanent stands not allowed on public land

Minnesota’s public lands can be a great place to hunt deer. To ensure everyone has equal access, permanent enclosed blinds or enclosed stands are not allowed on state forest lands and wildlife management areas. Any enclosed permanent stand or blind with walls or a roof is considered a building and if built on public land, it may be ticketed and confiscated if not promptly removed.

Portable stands without nails are welcomed and must be removed each night from WMAs or after the season in state forests.

For more information, check out Page 97 of the Minnesota Hunting & Trapping Regulations handbook.

– Herald staff report

Know the difference between deer and elk

Individual elk are beginning to appear in a wider geographic area outside of far northwestern Minnesota. Because of that, the DNR reminds hunters to make sure they know the difference in the field. Use the drawings and traits listed on the DNR website to distinguish elk from white-tailed deer. The public also can report elk sightings on the DNR website.

– Herald staff report