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The University of MN Wants Information on Your Gut Pile! Otherwise known as Offal (not awful)

Are you a deer hunter, live with someone who is, or has a friend or relative who hunts deer?

The University of Minnesota researcher, Joe Bump and his graduate student, Ellen Candler are doing research to better understand what and when animals use deer gut piles provided by hunters across Minnesota.

Minnesota provides a unique opportunity to look across the three biomes at the variety of species visiting the gut piles. This data is being collected for both archery and firearm hunting, and location in the state. You will be asked to sign up for a harvest method (archery or firearm) and a biome (harvest location). They are looking for 190 monitoring sites statewide.

Participants will:

Enjoy hunting as you normally would with the added opportunity to contribute valuable data to wildlife research.

  1. Shoot and clean your deer as you normally would.
  2. Set up your game camera to record what uses the gut piles.
  3. Return one month later and pick up your camera.
  4. Send us the photos and data.

To participate, please sign up using the on-line sign up genius form link below. This allows us to know where and how you will be participating.

If you need to use a game camera, they have a limited number available for the project. Please contact Amy Rager.

Questions about the survey should be directed toEllen Candler.

Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.
As a mail carrier in rural Grand Rapids, Minn., for 35 years, John Latimer put his own stamp on a career that delivered more than letters. Indeed, while driving the hundred-mile round-trip daily route, he passed the time by observing and recording seasonal changes in nature, learning everything he could about the area’s weather, plants and animals, and becoming the go-to guy who could answer customers’ questions about what they were seeing in the environment.