DNR announces changes to deer hunting in Grand Rapids

Published: Aug. 23, 2022 at 9:42 PM CDT
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GRAND RAPIDS, MN -- This year’s deer hunting season will look a bit different in and around Grand Rapids.

Earlier this year, a deer in the Grand Rapids area tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD.

The DNR quickly killed off 54 deer in and around the town, submitting all of them for testing.

One other deer tested positive for the disease.

In response, Minnesota’s zone 679, in and around Grand Rapids will be listed as a CWD management zone starting this year.

The DNR is asking hunters who bag deer in the area to submit them for mandatory sampling before moving the carcass outside zone 679.

Any deer older than one year is subject to that testing requirement, with testing results expected between seven and 14 days of submission.

DNR officials say the process might be tedious, but it’s necessary to protect the area’s deer population.

“Hunting is a huge economic impact in our state, some of the studies have suggested $500M, could be higher than that, and we have a lot of deer hunters, just under 500,000 deer hunters that enjoy having healthy deer in our state,” said Dr. Michelle Carstensen, a DNR Wildlife Health Supervisor.

You can find a full list of FAQ’s about CWD on the DNR’s website.

CWD is a prion disease, meaning it causes proteins in the brain to fold abnormally and is always fatal in deer.

The disease has no known impact on humans, but the DNR advises against eating venison from infected deer.