CWD

Representatives from Wisconsin make CWD pitch in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the heels of Montana’s first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease, a bill has been introduced by Reps. Ron Kind and Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin that would give states and tribes the funding and other assistance needed to fight the disease in deer, moose and elk that threatens the nation’s big-game populations and hunting opportunities. In…

CWD testing continues for 3B season

Mandatory testing will continue in area 603 throughout all 2017 Minnesota deer seasons, including the 3B season and a late hunt in area 603 from Jan. 6-14, 2018, the DNR said in a news release Thursday, Nov. 16. The 3B season in southeast Minnesota opens Saturday, Nov. 18, and concludes Sunday, Nov. 26. Throughout this entire 3B season, hunters must…

Disease not detected in latest round of CWD tests for farmed deer herd in Crow Wing County

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Chronic wasting disease was not detected in deer tissue samples from Minnesota’s only currently quarantined farmed deer herd, in Crow Wing County, according to the latest test results involving the herd. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health quarantined the herd in December 2016 when two white-tailed deer tested positive for CWD. When the herd was quarantined, it…

Final countdown for highly anticipated Minnesota firearms deer opener [video]

According to the Minnesota DNR, deer numbers are up following three years of conservative harvest regulations designed to rebuild the population, coupled with three relatively mild winters. The DNR anticipates the 2017 deer harvest will be in the 200,000 range, similar to the most recent 20-year average of nearly 206,000.

Explaining DNR’s mandatory CWD testing in central, north central, southeastern Minnesota [video]

A video (above and at mndnr.gov/cwd) explains how to get deer tested for chronic wasting disease. Testing will be required in portions of north-central, central and southeast Minnesota during the opening weekend of firearms deer season. Precautionary testing from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, to Sunday, Nov. 5, will determine whether chronic wasting disease may have spread from…

CWD testing required in deer permit area 603 for early antlerless, youth hunts

Hunters in permit area 603 taking part in the early antlerless-only or youth deer hunting seasons are required to have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move an adult deer carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received, the Minnesota DNR said in a news release Monday, Oct. 16. The antlerless-only and…

CWD inevitable in Montana? State wildlife officials bulk up surveillance efforts

The widespread extermination of wolves and cougars early last century meant elk herds that the carnivores prey on were able to grow in size. The swollen herds ate away willow plants and other vegetation along the park’s streams, causing erosion damage, a recent study says.Chronic wasting disease has not yet been discovered in Montana’s wild populations of deer, elk and…