A half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, November 3, Minnesota's firearm season begins and the Minnesota DNR has some pointers for all half a million hunters to keep in mind.

Things to remember include:

  • Hunters will have additional deer hunting opportunities because deer numbers continue to rebound across the state. Many areas now have populations at or above goal levels.
  • Hunters should follow the three tenets of safe firearms handling: Treat each firearm as if it is loaded by keeping finger off the trigger; always control the muzzle of the firearm; and be sure of target and what is beyond. Tree stand accidents are the leading cause of injury to hunters, so it’s always important they wear a safety harness and follow other safety guidelines.
  • The DNR requires hunters in central, north-central and southeast Minnesota (including deer permit area 255) to have their harvested deer tested for chronic wasting disease during opening weekend of the season on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. Mandatory CWD testing also will occur in much of southeast Minnesota during the opening weekend of the 3B season, Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18. During both periods, stations will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Hunters can click here to find information about CWD testing locations and procedures.
  • Hunters can find thorough deer hunting information here and everyone's invited to join in on social media using #DeerCampMN.

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