Minnesota deer hunters hunting in Wisconsin must ensure they properly prepare their game to bring it back to their home state.
With the Wisconsin firearms deer season kicking off soon Minnesota hunters who harvest a deer must quarter and prepare it before returning to their state.
In the continued campaign to reduce and eradicate chronic wasting disease there have been restrictions on how out-of-state deer carcasses can be imported. Hunters are now required to have their deer meat boned out, cut and wrapped before returning to Minnesota. Hides and teeth are still allowed along with antlers and skull plates as long as all traces of brain matter are removed. Caping is also a must before bringing the hide back into the state.
By eliminating any remnants of the spine or brain matter with the head there is a significantly reduced risk of importing CWD to Minnesota. So far the state has lucked out with no reported cases of CWD in its deer population to date.
Adam Murkowski, big game program lead for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, highlighted the importance of these new measures:
“It’s a new skill and an inconvenience for Minnesota hunters, but we truly appreciate the extra effort,” he said.
“These individual acts matter in protecting the health of the deer herd.”
These changes will help to keep a healthier deer population in Minnesota that will continue to benefit future generations of hunters.