Minnesota’s firearms deer season begins a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects half a million hunters to participate. The DNR reminds hunters to treat each firearm as if it is loaded by keeping your 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 also requires hunters in central, north-central and southeast Minnesota to have their harvested deer tested for chronic wasting disease during opening weekend of the season.


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