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April 10, 2008

Minnesota Debates Spring Deer Hunt

By Scott Bestul

From the Pioneer Press:

Department of Natural Resources officials will decide this week whether
[an] unprecedented [spring] hunt will be used to help "depopulate" deer
herds where a cattle disease has broken out.

"Our mission is to get bovine TB out of the deer herd up here,'' said Paul Telander, northwest regional wildlife manager. . . .

Dave Schad, the agency's Fish and Wildlife director, said there were
logistical hurdles to a spring hunting season, but he and others were
considering it.

"We know that sharpshooters and aerial shooting works, but we're not
sure what kind of effort we'll have with a public hunt,'' Schad said,
given that roads would be muddy and hunters might not be interested in
shooting does carrying fawns.

Would you want to participate in such a hunt?

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from Scott K wrote 6 years 1 week ago

It would be fruitless to try such a thing and believe it could make a difference. Wisconsin tried for years to eradicate CWD by essentially letting licensed hunters take as many deer as they chose to in certain zones over nearly a four month period. It didn't fix the problem and the infection rate was believed to be less than .5% of the population. Nature will have to run it's course to fix that problem...

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from Ed wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Yes i would hunt and want the hunt.I think it would help us,as hunters to get it under controlas fast as we can.

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from NH Philosopher wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Bucks only. With careful glassing and knowing what to look for on bucks who have shed their antlers - this would be a challenge I'd be willing to take up.Would be best if it were Archery only - minimize the sole crushing experience of a pregnant doe.

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from I'm in school right now wrote 6 years 1 week ago

They have been having many problems with TB and they have been trying to not go down this path to prevent he spread of the disease. But now they have to go to this as a last ditch effort.Nate

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from jstreet wrote 6 years 1 week ago

I would have to wonder how many hunters are going to want to kill does carrying fawns.Will the meat be utilized or will the heat of the season and the potential risk of TB will the animals just be disposed of?Lots of questions, but it's obvious that more deer need to be killed in this state (and others).Jim

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from Scott K wrote 6 years 1 week ago

It would be fruitless to try such a thing and believe it could make a difference. Wisconsin tried for years to eradicate CWD by essentially letting licensed hunters take as many deer as they chose to in certain zones over nearly a four month period. It didn't fix the problem and the infection rate was believed to be less than .5% of the population. Nature will have to run it's course to fix that problem...

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from Ed wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Yes i would hunt and want the hunt.I think it would help us,as hunters to get it under controlas fast as we can.

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from NH Philosopher wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Bucks only. With careful glassing and knowing what to look for on bucks who have shed their antlers - this would be a challenge I'd be willing to take up.Would be best if it were Archery only - minimize the sole crushing experience of a pregnant doe.

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from I'm in school right now wrote 6 years 1 week ago

They have been having many problems with TB and they have been trying to not go down this path to prevent he spread of the disease. But now they have to go to this as a last ditch effort.Nate

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from jstreet wrote 6 years 1 week ago

I would have to wonder how many hunters are going to want to kill does carrying fawns.Will the meat be utilized or will the heat of the season and the potential risk of TB will the animals just be disposed of?Lots of questions, but it's obvious that more deer need to be killed in this state (and others).Jim

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