House DFLers have unveiled a “comprehensive plan” to address the fatal disease, which has been found in isolated pockets of Minnesota but has flourished in Wisconsin and Iowa. Republicans have not supported all of the DFL-led legislation, but have also made battling CWD a priority.
The Minnesota Department of Conservation (MDC, later the Department of Natural Resources) bought 8478.73 acres of land from the Crex Carpet Company in 1933 for a wildlife refuge.
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Hunters are expected to take more deer in 2015 than they did last year, but it’s still well below the peak harvest of the last 20 years.
The governor, who says he’s hunted pheasants for 50 years, will spend Friday night and Saturday in Madelia for the opening festivities.
Last year, 400 wolves were killed when the state opened a hunting and trapping season for them. This year’s quota is 220.
Sport killings reached or exceeded DNR targets in zone after zone, and well ahead of schedules.
On Saturday, another chapter in the lives of wolves will be completed. Minnesota will host its first legal hunt.
Both states would allow hunting, trapping and baiting, though only Wisconsin proposed to let hunters use dogs.
The state Department of Natural Resources is working out details for a hunting and trapping seasons for the no-longer-endangered wolves.