The Minnesota DNR is encouraging hunters to be pro-active to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease as the state’s shotgun deer season begins this weekend. “I encourage hunters to plan ahead and look at the regulations regarding CWD, especially the carcass movement restrictions,” said Joe Stangel, the assistant regional wildlife manager at the Minnesota DNR’s New Ulm office.

Stangel says chronic wasting disease isn’t a major problem in the state and they want to keep it that way. “Minnesota’s prevalence rate is under two percent,” said Stangel. “There are parts of Wisconsin where the prevalence rate is 40 percent. So we are trying to actively manage and keep that prevalence rate as low as possible.”

Stangel says the DNR website also has a dedicated section to chronic wasting disease.