December CWD hunt offers additional harvest opportunities

Deer permit area 184 near Bemidji is being added to several DPAs in southeastern Minnesota and the south metro area where hunters can harvest deer during a late-season chronic wasting disease management hunt. DPA 184 was added to the hunt after a deer harvested there this fall tested positive for CWD.

This late-season hunt is Friday, Dec. 16, through Sunday, Dec. 18, in deer permit areas 184, 605, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649 and 655. CWD sampling is mandatory for any deer 1 year or older harvested in this hunt. Harvested deer must be taken to a sampling station. Staffed sampling stations will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, through Monday, Dec. 19, and self-service stations will be available any time that Friday through Monday.

The DNR establishes CWD management hunts to assess potential disease spread and to help mitigate the risk of CWD transmission by reducing the number of deer.

Find hunt regulations, carcass movement restrictions, a list of CWD sampling stations, details about licenses and permits, and information about no-cost permits to some public lands in southern Minnesota where deer hunting is otherwise not allowed, on the DNR website.