Mille Lacs walleye regulation to remain the same
Walleye anglers who fish Mille Lacs Lake this winter will do so under the same bag and slot limit that has been in effect since May, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Following fish population assessments this fall, the DNR determined that maintaining the existing regulation was appropriate. That regulation allows anglers to harvest walleye between 18- and 20-inches, except one over 28 inches may be harvested. The possession limit is two. The walleye fishing season runs through Feb. 23 and reopens May 10. The walleye regulation for the 2014 open water season will be announced in late winter following an evaluation of harvest data.
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Q: I am planning on going deer hunting in South Dakota. Are there any regulations about transporting my deer back into Minnesota?
A: Restrictions for importing carcasses into Minnesota are in place for counties in eight states where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been identified in wild deer and/or elk. These states include Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Hunters bringing animals back from those areas must comply with import regulations. They include meat that is cut and wrapped, quartered animals with no part of the spinal column or head attached, properly cleaned skull plates that are attached to antlers, and finished taxidermy mounts. As the restrictions only apply to certain areas of the affected states, hunters are urged to contact officials in the state they're hunting prior to making the trip.
For a map and list of counties in each state affected by CWD regulations, go to: http://mn.gov/bah/board/rules/import-regulations.html#cervidae
-Rich Sprouse, information officer, DNR Enforcement Division
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