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Deer hunters encouraged to submit harvested deer for CWD sampling


Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Deer hunters in far southeastern Minnesota are encouraged to submit harvested deer for CWD sampling.

Southeastern Minnesota deer hunters who harvest a deer in permit areas 348 and 349 are encouraged to have their deer sampled for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during the opening weekend of the firearms hunting season.

Due to the discovery of CWD in neighboring Allamakee County, Iowa, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be conducting CWD surveillance in those two permit areas along the Iowa border until 450 samples have been collected.

“Working with hunters to sample the herd for evidence of CWD is our best opportunity for early detection of the disease in Minnesota,” said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager with the DNR. “Early detection is important from the perspective of limiting disease spread, and we will make the process as quick as possible to get hunters on their way.”

Although CWD has not been found in permit areas 348 and 349, the CWD management plan calls for surveillance when a new infection is discovered near Minnesota.

Hunters are also reminded that deer must be registered in person if they were harvested in these areas and registered during the opening weekend of the firearms season.

Registration stations listed below will be staffed beginning on the opening weekend (Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9) of the firearm season. Phone and internet registration options for these areas will not be available on opening weekend. Deer must be brought to a walk-in registration station and hunters are strongly encouraged to allow sampling of their deer at a CWD surveillance station.

CWD surveillance is not new to southeastern Minnesota and sampling will only take a few minutes. Cooperator patches will be available for people who donate a sample.

DNR staff will be working at eight sampling sites from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Nov. 8-9. CWD surveillance sample locations are:

•Brownsville - (Bissen’s Tavern) 202 S. Third St., Brownsville, Minn., 55919.

•Caledonia - (True Value) 520 Old Highway Drive, Caledonia, Minn., 55921.

•Chatfield - (MSX Nexgen) 105 Highway 30 W. Chatfield, Minn., 55923.

•Houston - (Houston Amoco Food Shop) 801 E. Cedar St., Houston, Minn., 55943.

•Lanesboro - (BP Gas Station) 100 Sheridan St. W., Lanesboro, Minn., 55 .....
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Hides for Habitat

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is asking for your help to improve conditions for future hunters and hunting in general by donating your harvested deer hides. The Bluff Country Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association has “Hides ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Recycling Education Coordinator Americans find all kinds of ways to celebrate special days throughout the year. We have Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Groundhog Day, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Day, Election Day, ..... 
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DNR question of the week

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By Bruce Davis DNR wildlife research specialist Q: What is a rocket net, and how is it used by the DNR? A: A rocket net is a propelled net used for capturing wildlife. The net is pulled by electronically-ignited explsive charges contained in ven ..... 
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Hunters reminded that bonus permit use is limited this season

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By Tom Landwehr Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Hunters in most of the state are not allowed to use bonus permits to take antlerless deer during the 2014 season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Today’s article will deal with a number of ways to make recycling in Fillmore County even better. You have most likely read most of this before, but a little review now and then is not all bad. It is no secret that tons and tons of material leav ..... 
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NTC to host geological bus tour

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The National Trout Center will be holding a geological bus tour on Saturday November 1, starting at 10 a.m. This bus tour promises to be both fun and informative, as it will focus on the geological and ecological features of living in the driftless ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 9.15.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Recently, there seems to be a bit of a chill in the air. A few trees are starting to show their brilliant colors. Birds are beginning to migrate south. It’s September, summer is more or le ..... 
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Preston Tourism announces bike repair station coming to town!

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - The Preston Tourism Board would like to announce the upcoming addition to the trailhead in Preston. Thanks to the Preston Area Community Foundation and the Preston Tourism Board there will now be a free to the public, deluxe bike re ..... 
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