Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) cases remain relatively low in Minnesota, but the DNR’s Dr. Michelle Carstensen says:

“We have an aggressive approach that’s maintained here through our hunting season, even though our sampling became voluntary, we have changed nothing in our aggressive approach to managing the disease.”

Dr. Carstensen says harvest strategies remain in place for the foreseeable future. In the last year, 36 deer tested positive for the always-fatal disease in the southeastern portion of the state. CWD was first detected in Minnesota in 2002. To date, 88 wild deer have been confirmed positive for C-W-D in six Minnesota counties (Olmstead, Fillmore, Winona, Houston, Crow Wing and Dakota).