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OutdoorMN News - DNR reminds out-of-state hunters about carcass import restrictions

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Hunters who harvest a deer, elk or moose out of state cannot bring the entire animal back to Minnesota. 

The restriction has been in place since 2016 under rules adopted by the Department of Natural Resources. In 2019, the carcass import ban was enacted in state statute.

“Hunters have been cooperative in the past and we expect that to continue,” said Michelle Carstensen, wildlife health program supervisor. “We just want to make sure hunters are aware of the new law so they can make appropriate plans to bring their harvest home.”

The restriction is part of the DNR’s comprehensive strategy to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease to Minnesota deer, elk and moose. Not moving animals, whether alive or dead, eliminates one means by which the disease can spread.

Hunters cannot bring whole deer, elk, moose and caribou carcasses into Minnesota. The state’s prohibition applies to all other U.S. states, Canadian provinces and or other areas, regardless of whether an area has a confirmed infection of chronic wasting disease.

Hunters wanting to bring their harvest back to Minnesota should plan to dress, process or mount animals before returning. They are allowed to bring home:

  • Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached.
  • Meat that is boned out or that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately).
  • Hides and teeth.
  • Antlers or clean (no brain tissue attached) skull plates with antlers attached; and
  • Finished taxidermy mounts.

Nonresidents transporting whole or partial carcasses on a direct route through Minnesota are exempt from the restriction.

“We always tell hunters who want to go out of state to be sure they make a plan ahead of time for what to do if they harvest an animal, including not only how to handle a trophy mount, but also about quartering the animal and bringing back the meat appropriately,” Carstensen said.

For a video on how to cape a deer, visit the CWD video page. People should consult the 2019 hunting regulations and the CWD webpage for the most complete information.

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    • smurfy
      Back at ya!!!👍 pretty warm on for sure.
    • Falconheart
      The Buhl pit lake at the end of the downtown one has a nice boat launch area and dock. Stubler lake across from campground has two fishing docks but no launch Mott put in Mt Irin has a boat launch  than there’s the another in Hibbing but don’t know the name
    • Muskies
      Chubs mostly...depending on the day and conditions. Always good to bring crawlers and leeches to try also.
    • tacklejunkie
      OK, I’ll give my report and see if anybody else has anything to say.    Headed out last Wednesday to Fish Lake. Just some bluegill and little perch and a couple of outside the slot walleye.  Then when evening came, switch from crawlers and spinners to leeches and spinners and picked up four walleye.  Three of them were within the slot.   Anywhere from 8 to 14 feet of water. A lot of recreation on the lake and it seemed the fishing for walleyes picked up later in the evening.    Just covering water on the flats and edges of weeds
    • ManBearPig
      Thank you for your reply Muskies!   Knowing now that there was a bug hatch going on during my last trip, as I suspected, I don't feel quite as bad about my fishing skills.   I'm  really looking forward to our end of July/early August trip.  This camping/fishing trip will be with  and old friend  that I've know since grade school days.  However, the last time that we camped together was in the BWCA about 40 years ago.  My plan has been to fish the mid-lake humps with crawlers on bottom bouncer/spinner rigs or just using jigs.  Now that you mentioned minnows, I may try to bring some of those as well.  As you using Fatheads on the jigs in late July?
    • Muskies
      Good morning Erik If you want to fish in July and August, the reefs are a good choice. I also look for shelves along side islands. The info received from the local people is correct. Use your electronics to find active fish. If you don’t see any fish move to a new spot. Once you find them a jig and minnow is a great choice. Good luck when you cone back.
    • Muskies
      Hello manbearpig, You were out in the middle of bug hatch...finally finishing up now. When you come back in late July try locate reefs in the 20-30 foot mark and you should have some luck. If you look at a map there are many in the area you were camping. I prefer using a jig and minnow as my go to but have  used different techniques over the years...depending on what the fish want. Hope you enjoyed your time on the lake.
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    • FishinCT
      There’s a video on youtube of someone finding a sunken boat with side imaging. That’s what it looked like
    • back bay
      Just came across this forum for the first time.   I have been coming to rainy lake since I was born, and have always had a passion for the pre july 4th fishing in the bays and try to make it up at or before that to enjoy.  This year with things in flux we will be up mid july.  I know that is traditionally reef time, but have never had much success.  I have read and talked with some locals who say find the reefs that come up to 25-40 feet surrounded by deep water.  Does anyone have any advice on spots to hit mid july.  I will find them on a map, but am definitely a novice reefer.   Thanks   Erik
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