Deer and Turkey Classic begins next week
Plymouth, Minn. — While the Outdoor News Deer and Turkey Classic will offer sportsmen and women of the state a chance to celebrate the tradition of hunting, it also will give them an opportunity to learn about issues that ultimately could affect their outdoor pursuits. Among them, chronic wasting disease, an always-fatal malady discovered in a pocket of wild whitetails in southeastern Minnesota this fall and winter.
On Saturday, the second day of the three-day affair at the State Fairgrounds’ Warner Coliseum, two wildlife officials – DNR wildlife research manager Lou Cornicelli, and retired CWD researcher Terry Kreeger – will be present to discuss the status of CWD in the state, and also to field questions from those in attendance.
“Since learning about CWD in Fillmore County in mid-November 2016, the DNR has activated its CWD response plan and has been actively managing the disease,” Cornicelli said. “I’ll walk folks through a presentation of our response to date, what we have learned, and where we hope to go in the future.”
Recently, the ninth CWD-positive deer was discovered, eight of them from a small pocket near Preston. The other was located five miles to the north of that location. (See news story, Page 5, for more information).
“CWD is a long-term disease that will impact deer populations in the future if it becomes established in Minnesota. The only time to effect the disease is right away, presuming you caught it on the front end of the infection,” Cornicelli said. “Given all of our positives are closely associated, we believe that to be the case. Consequently, the short-term response will be aggressive, with the hope the disease does not become established.”
The CWD Q&A will begin at noon on Saturday and likely last about an hour.
The CWD event is just one chance for show-goers to leave the fairgrounds with valuable information. Other dispensers of knowledge are those who’ll provide seminars throughout the event, including Outdoor News contributors Tony Peterson, Joel Nelson, and Ron Spomer. Joining them on the stage will be Whitetail Property Pro’s, the Holder Family, of Raised Hunting TV, Jeff Fredrick, Dick Alford, John Molden, Win Mitchell, Bernie Barringer, and Mike Dukart.
Check out new gear and other necessities for the outdoors at the many booths throughout the coliseum, and meet the “Alaska Bushman” Mark Braaten, and the famous trio of Minnesota wildlife artists, Joe, Jim, and Bob Hautman, appearing at the Art Barbarians booth.
There will be archery and BB gun shooting, a laser shot game, and a live trout pond for the kids, and a “world slam” turkey display.
Bring in your trophy antlers for scoring by Minnesota Official Measurers and compete for an array of prizes, or, just admire the fine animals this state has produced.
For all the show details, go to www.mndeershow.com.