Calling all hunters. The DNR is conducting a pilot study to screen hunter-harvested deer for the presence of a pesticide called a neonicotinoid. Neonicotinoid pesticides are insecticides that are applied through seed treatments, in foliar sprays, applied granularly to pastures and injected into trees.

You can participate by signing up online and sending the spleen from your harvested deer through a sampling kit that we’ll mail out the week of Oct. 28. If you include a tooth with your sample, we will age your deer for free. After test results return, you will receive a letter with the age of your deer and the level of neonicotinoid exposure that was found. For more information, contact Dr. Eric Michel, farmland deer project leader, at or 507-578-8918. 

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