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Pheasant season starts Oct. 16

The Minnesota pheasant hunting season opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.

Hunters should check regulations before they head out into the field. Hunters ages 16-64 must purchase a small game license and pheasant stamp to hunt pheasants in Minnesota, and all pheasant hunters must wear at least one visible article of clothing above the waist that is blaze orange or pink. Check the DNR website for bag and possession limits, pheasant transportation requirements, a hunting prospects map and more information.

Deer carcass movement restrictions in effect

Deer carcass movement restrictions are in place for state licensed hunters in chronic wasting disease (CWD) management and control zones, which are located in southeastern and north-central Minnesota and the south metro area. Whole deer carcasses cannot leave these zones until a “not detected” test result is received.

If hunters do not submit their deer for sampling, or want to transport it outside the zones before getting a test result, they must debone or quarter their deer, properly disposing of the head and spinal column inside the zones. The DNR provides dumpsters for hunters to use within CWD management and control zones to help facilitate carcass disposal in these areas.

These restrictions are part of a comprehensive strategy to keep Minnesota’s deer, elk and moose healthy by limiting the spread of disease. No carcass movement restrictions are in place in CWD surveillance areas.

More details: DNR deer carcass movement restrictions page

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