Minnesota deer opener was poor for harvest and CWD sampling

MINNEAPOLIS — Bagging a buck on the opening weekend of the Minnesota firearms deer season proved more difficult than usual in conditions that were windy and unseasonably warm, state officials said.The important two-day harvest plunged 21% in comparison to last year’s opener and ranks well below average. In addition, hunting license sales were flat and too few hunters complied with chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing.“We did not have a great opening weekend,” said Barbara Keller, big-game program leader for the Department of Natural Resources.Keller said hunters took 59,711 whitetails Saturda…

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