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• The chronic wasting disease (CWD) management area is comprised

of deer permit area 602. This is a new permit area created as a result

of the discovery of a CWD-positive wild deer near Pine Island.

• The intent of the CWD management area (deer area 602) is to

maximize hunting opportunities and liberalize bag limits such that

deer densities can be reduced and additional disease surveillance conducted in this area.

• The area is almost entirely private land and access is limited.

Hunters interested in pursuing deer in this area are advised to acquire

landowner permission first.


Important Dates:

• Sept. 8 (Thursday): Either sex Deer and Special Area Permit

application deadline.

• Sept. 17: Archery opening date.

• Nov. 5: Statewide (A) Firearms opening date.

• Nov. 19: Late Southeast (B) Firearms opening date.

• Nov. 26: Muzzleloader opening date.

• Nov. 3: Firearms Deer opening date for 2012.

2011 Minnesota Hunting Regulations

62• The season dates are:

o Archery: September 17 to December 31

o Youth: October 20 to October 23

o Firearm: November 5 to November 27

o Muzzleloader: November 26 to December 11

• During the entire 23-day firearm season (November 5 – 27), a license

valid for either season option (A or B) can be used in deer area 602.

• Salt and mineral blocks and mineral attractants are prohibited in

the CWD-related feeding ban described on page 80.

• A person may take only one buck but may take an unlimited number

of antlerless deer.

• The antler point restriction and cross-tagging restrictions that were

enacted in 2010 are not in effect for deer area 602. A person may

take any legal buck.

• Disease management permits, which are available for $2.50 from any

ELS agent, may be used in deer area 602. Disease management permits are for antlerless deer only and should be used instead of bonus

permits. They are not valid in adjacent deer permit areas; they are

only valid in deer permit area 602, and the bovine TB area in the


• Deer taken in the CWD area must be registered at one of the stations

listed on pages 65.

• Submission of a sample for CWD testing is mandatory for all deer

harvested in the CWD area. This includes deer taken during archery,

youth, firearm, and the muzzleloader season.

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I saw that earlier. Our land is about a mile SE of the zone. I really hope that they don't find another deer with it, otherwise all off zone 3 will probably be zone 602 next year!

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