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Minnesota Wildlife

Jan. 22, 2020

Stay informed! Here’s a weekly summary of upcoming wildlife and habitat management activities and ways you can discover, explore and experience Minnesota’s outdoors.


Carlos Avery WMA sign with no trespassing signs and a variety of other signs on a sunny day with green vegetation

Turkey hunting in Mille Lacs, Carlos Avery or Whitewater WMA?

Are you a firearms turkey hunter age 18 and older who wants to hunt in Mille Lacs, Carlos Avery or Whitewater wildlife management areas during A through C season? Remember to apply for the lottery for these high-demand areas by this Friday, Jan. 24. Also, if you’re chosen, you may hunt statewide, in addition to your selected WMA.

All turkey hunters can purchase a license over-the-counter beginning March 1. Changes made this year will allow firearms hunters to hunt all permit areas in the state. And except for the permits to hunt the three large WMAs, there is no lottery for spring wild turkey licenses. Find more information on the DNR turkey hunting page.


deer goal setting blocks map showing northwest and western areas of Minnesota with stars where the meetings are

Deer input workshops underway

More deer or fewer deer? Reminder: Tonight is the first workshop for deer population goal-setting in Alexandria! Join us at Alexandria Technical & Community College – or in St. Paul, at the satellite location – from 6-9 p.m. You’ll help identify priorities for managing the deer population in deer permit areas 213, 214, 215, 218, 239, 240, 273, 276 and 277.

The other remaining workshops are all 6-9 p.m. with locations on the DNR website.

  • Permit areas 101, 103, 105, 108, 110, 111 and 114 are Wednesday, Jan. 29, and Thursday, Feb. 27;
  • Permit areas 201, 208, 209, 256, 257, 260, 261, 263, 264, 267 and 268 are Thursday, Jan. 30, and Wednesday, Feb. 26;
  • Permit areas 262, 265, 266, 269, 270, 271, 272 and 297 are Monday, Feb. 24;
  • Permit areas 213, 214, 215, 218, 239, 240, 273, 276 and 277 are Wednesday, Jan. 22; and Tuesday, Feb. 25.

take our survey with a deer in the winter forest and a clipboard graphic with MN DNR logo

Provide input on 2019 deer populations and observations

The DNR is seeking public input on deer populations and observations from 2019, including experiences hunters had during the deer hunting season, issues related to deer damage, or other deer-related issues. The DNR will use the feedback to shape regulations for the 2020 hunting season. The survey, which is open until through Sunday, Feb. 16, and further details are on the DNR website.


CWD results map from SE Minnesota showing total 79 positives over multiple years

Get a rundown of CWD results

During the 2019 hunting season and special hunts, chronic wasting disease was confirmed in 27 wild deer, all from southeastern Minnesota.

In total, 12,618 hunter-harvested deer were tested in the southeast disease management and control zones, 3,965 in the north-central disease management zone, and 536 in the central surveillance area.

CWD was not detected in wild deer in central and north-central Minnesota.

You can find a summary of statewide CWD test results on the DNR website.


three kids standing on a stream bank island in grass during a hike

Great demand for outdoors grants

Schools, nonprofit organizations and public entities continue to show strong demand for resources to get more children outdoors. The DNR had another overwhelming response to the No Child Left Inside grant program, with more than 200 applications to the second phase of the program the Minnesota Legislature authorized in 2019. The DNR hopes to announce Phase 2 award winners by April 1.

Meanwhile, 59 recipients for Phase 1 funding are posted on the DNR website and include projects aimed at getting kids snowshoeing, shooting, playing in nature, fishing, exploring, cross country skiing, canoeing, birding, biking and more.

Find hunting information

You can find the information you need about hunting and trapping regulations, harvest registration, contacting a conservation officer and pursuing a variety of species on the DNR hunting page at mndnr.gov/hunting.

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