It's almost time for the firearm opener here in Minnesota and if you ask any hunter, they will tell you it should be a national holiday. But before you go out this year, you should probably check out the new regulations from the DNR.

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Most of the new regulations for the 2020 season have mainly to do with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and COVID-19. All CWD testing will be voluntary to help reduce the spread to COVID-19. The DNR will provide self-serving stations for hunters to properly mark, tag and drop deer heads, while remaining socially distant.

Other regulations include:

 

  • Special CWD regulations, including voluntary disease testing and carcass movement restrictions, are in effect in a number of areas.
  • Due to the continued expansion of the CWD management zones, antler point restrictions are temporarily canceled statewide. In addition, party-hunting (also known as cross-tagging) for antlered bucks is allowed statewide.
  • The early antler-less deer season has been expanded to include more deer permit areas.
  • Experimental regulations allowing hunters to leave portable tree stands overnight in some northwestern Minnesota WMAs have been discontinued.
  • Some deer permit area boundaries have changed. Be sure to check the map to double-check the boundaries and be sure where you hunt hasn't changed.

For more information, you can click here to be redirected to the Minnesota DNR's website.

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