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No CWD detected among sampled deer in southeastern Minnesota


Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

No chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in hunter-harvested deer in southeastern Minnesota during the 2014 firearms season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The discovery of the disease in a wild deer earlier this year in Allamakee County, Iowa, triggered the Minnesota DNR’s surveillance effort. The Iowa county borders Houston County in southeastern Minnesota.

During the Minnesota firearms deer season, hunters voluntarily brought deer to be sampled for CWD at eight registration stations throughout deer permit areas 348 and 349. In total, the DNR sampled 411 deer within the two permit areas.

“We thank Minnesota’s deer hunters for their cooperation,” said Erik Hildebrand, wildlife health specialist. “By voluntarily allowing us to take samples from their deer, hunters are helping us keep our state’s deer herd healthy.”

This latest sampling effort suggests that CWD does not exist in Minnesota’s wild deer herd, or is at a level so low that it has not been detected during many years of surveillance.

The DNR does respond to reports of suspect deer across the state and tests them according to symptoms exhibited. Statewide, the DNR tests about 75 sick deer each year.

Detailed information on management, surveillance and a full version of the DNR’s response plan can be found at www.mndnr.gov/cwd.

Only 1 of 500 Mississippi River samples test positive for invasive carp

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Water samples from southeastern Minnesota pools of the Mississippi River that were collected in August and analyzed in December indicate only a small presence of bighead carp eDNA, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The U.S. Fish a ..... 
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Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Let it snow, just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office on Saturday evening, January 17 to ski on the trail and to sample some wonderful chili contest entries. ..... 
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Public information meeting about the International Owl Center & Houston Nature Center

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Find out more about the short-term and long-term plans for the International Owl Center at a public informational meeting on Wednesday, January 14 at 7 p.m. at the Owl Center, 126 E Cedar Street in Houston. There will also be changes to the Houston ..... 
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DNR expands winter trout fishing in SE Minnesota

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By David Schueller DNR Information Officer Fly fishing guide Dan Michener walked to a partially snow-covered riverbank in Whitewater State Park. He cast a tiny nymph into the water several times then let it drift through deeper pools, hoping to en ..... 
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DNR awards $5.7 million in habitat grants to conservation groups

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Department of Natural Resources has awarded 46 conservation grants to various organizations and entities for restoring, enhancing and protecting habitat in Minnesota. This latest round of habitat funding comes from the agency’s Conservation ..... 
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Drive safely this snowmobile season

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

As another snowmobile season gets underway, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages snowmobilers to get this season off to a smooth, safe start. Snowmobile trails in Minnesota opened Dec. 1. Minnesota residents born after Dec. 3 ..... 
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Spring wild turkey hunters can apply for permits starting today

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

People can apply for early season spring wild turkey hunting permits now through Friday, Jan. 9, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The spring season, which runs from April 15 to May 28, is divided into eight time periods ..... 
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LSOHC Grant awarded to National Trout Center

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Committee announced recently that a grant of approximately $400,000 has been awarded to Trout Unlimited of Minnesota for stream rehabilitation and improvement on the South Branch of the Root River within the City li ..... 
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