Minnesota’s shotgun deer season begins this Saturday. The issue of chronic wasting disease has the attention of lawmakers. “We’ve talked about a whole host of issues in Minnesota, “Jeff Brand is a state representative from Saint Peter. “We’ve even talked about buying out deer herds. That’s about a ten million dollar cost but when you’re talking about a billion-dollar industry it’s worth the cause to preserve our deer herd in the state.”

Brand says there are two conversations that need to take place. “We need to make sure the native herd is healthy,” said Brand. “But we also need to deal with the issue of confined deer.”

State officials say there will be approximately 450-thousand hunters that will take to the woods and fields this season.