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New Minnesota DNR Deer Leader Has Big Plans, Experience to Boot

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The new Minnesota DNR deer leader plans to keep chronic wasting disease (CWD) out of the state, increase the deer population, and increase opportunities for hunters.

Despite his young age of 29, and even younger appearance, the new MN DNR deer leader has ambitious ideas and plans for the state’s deer herd. According to the Star Tribune, the new big game program manager and deer leader in Minnesota is Adam Murkowski. Murkowski hails from a small hunting town in Wisconsin, and has held an interest in deer biology since he was a young deer hunter.

Murkowski previously worked as the deer czar in Vermont, as well as on other deer projects in Wisconsin, Arkansas, Colorado, and North Carolina. His vast experiences belay his youth, which becomes an asset in his communication abilities with area hunters.

According to the Star Tribune article, Murkowski said he strives to improve communication with hunters by sharing data. As part of his graduate studies at the University of Arkansas-Monticello, he wrote a thesis titled “Communicating Results of Research to Educators and the Public.” The paper concluded that the more relevant you can make information the more efficient you can deliver the message.

“The thing I want to do is bring people together to keep deer healthy,” Murkowski said. “If you can do that, you can deal with the other things.”

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The most important thing that Murkowski is bringing to the job as deer leader in Minnesota is the state’s first complete deer management program. One of the first things on his initial to-do list is writing a statewide deer management plan that will focus and emphasize the importance of habitat to grow the herd while also working to keep CWD out of the state.

“The thing I want to do is bring people together to keep deer healthy,” Murkowski said. “If you can do that, you can deal with the other things.”

Murkowski will also be busy setting hunting bag limits and regulations for the 2016-17 hunting season. These limits and regulations will be set by permit area and Murkowski plans to use last season’s kill data, winter severity reports, and deer herd surveys to make the best decision to both benefit hunters while also promoting the health of the state’s deer population.

Despite plans to stick to a bucks-only policy for northern areas of the state, Murkowski said, “There should be more opportunities in other areas than there were last year.”

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Another top concern for the new Minnesota deer leader is to work towards eradicating and keeping CWD out of the state. Once CWD establishes itself in a state, it is incredibly difficult to fully eradicate. Murkowski knows that from firsthand experience while working in Wisconsin; a state heavily impacted by CWD in some areas.

How should Minnesota deer hunters feel about the new deer leader their state has hired?

Murkowski left these parting words as a message to the hunters that call Minnesota home: “If you are a Minnesotan who loves deer hunting, taking a proactive approach is something you want to do,” he said. “Right now you have something more precious than gold and that’s a healthy deer herd.”

Learn more about Murkowski, including his early memories of deer hunting and more of his plans for Minnesota’s deer herd here.

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New Minnesota DNR Deer Leader Has Big Plans, Experience to Boot