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  1. The prions are believed to be "active" (they're not actually organisms so aren't alive) for around a decade. It's far more likely to spread from bodily fluid contact than through the soil, but it is entirely possible to spread that way. It's not like EHD which spreads rapidly and kills quickly. CWD spreads slowly, takes YEARS to even notice symptoms, but will always kill the animal (or make it much easier for predators or other illnesses to take hold and kill it). As much as people seem to think they've depopulated the herd in 603, they haven't. The population isn't as high as it was a decade ago, but it's still plenty high compared to much of the rest of the state. It does seem like depopulating and keeping the herd low for a length of time is the best bet at containing the disease, but that takes a huge effort and the support of the landowners. That's where the efforts of other states have always stalled, assuming they caught it as early as MN appears to have. When Wisconsin caught it, it was already highly prevalent, and pretty much already too late. The armchair scientists on social media don't help the situation at all. As much as they want to say it's a disease that's been around forever, I really don't think that's the case. It very likely started on a deer farm that was trying to grow bigger bucks by feeding them ground up bones, much the same way mad cow disease spread in Britain because farmers were feeding them protein supplements made from dead cows. There's no proof eating an infected deer will transmit the disease to humans, but there's also no proof it won't. It could very well become a human disease that takes decades to show up. Or it could transfer to our food supply (cattle), through higher concentrations in the soil and ending up in the grass and hay that cattle eat. I very rarely listen to podcasts, but Joe Rogan had an excellent episode a few months back that everyone should watch or listen to: https://youtu.be/E3s6p2UP57Q
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    European Bear Mount?

    Ha, I thought I did.
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    European Bear Mount?

    It's definitely possible. I got one done of my bear last year. The skull is on a small wooden stand, with the claws arrayed around it.
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    Collecting near bait

    We raided the candy factory in town when it closed. Ended up with like a dozen barrels of gummy bears, not to mention barrels of flavoring and other ingredients. Pretty set for the sweet stuff for a while! We dropped off a 55gal drum of gummy worms, bunch of boxes of circus peanuts, granola, cookie dough, and strawberry glaze. The guy who baits for us has been seeing a ton of bears, and no one else in the surrounding area seems to have gotten a permit.
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    Deer Lottery Question

    Really? They automatically enter you? That's stupid, what if I don't want a doe tag in the first place?
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    Favorite bear bait

    Gummy bears, or any other gummy candy. They smell (and keep) forever, even after rain. And bears can't grab a big chunk and run off as easy.
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    Regs are out

    they really want to trim the herd in 346/349. 5 deer limit AND early antlerless? In other words, 10 deer limit.
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    Bear lottery in ! I'm out

    when a bear kills someone/something? I didn't get drawn for 51 either, and I had a preference point (should have had 2, but forgot to apply for one last year)
  9. it'll be exactly where they expect it to be, just like it is every year. When you control the data, it can say whatever you want.
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    Save A Doe - Please Consider It

    the nice thing about that type of regulation, as the DNR will tell you, is that kids in areas of limited doe harvests are extremely successful. It's really quite amazing at how many does kids actually tag in lottery or bucks only areas.
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    SE Minn Youth Deer Hunt

    There's a good sized chunk of public land along Highway 61 next to LaMoille, at the end of Winona county road 7. That'd be area 346, so a 5 deer limit. There's a little parking area behind the guard rails maybe half a mile up the road from 61. I've seen people camp there many times. Can go either side of CR7 from there and be on state land.
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    2015 regulation booklet

    landowner tag is free, depredation tags are usually $1 or free.
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    2015 regulation booklet

    If I had the money to buy the tags, I'd work hard to harvest all 10 allowed to me, but that's a pile of cash in tags! Our genius DNR wants certain areas with a lot of deer to shoot a ton of does, but then makes the tags prohibitively expensive. Makes perfect sense.
  14. The meeting started at 8am just like it always does, and was stated in the agenda that he would have received.
  15. HOURS late. 10-20 minutes when you're travelling a few hours to Grand Rapids, that's understandable. But not hours late without a heck of a reason.
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