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The Minnesota DNR and U of M Extension are looking for volunteer hunters to help with wildlife study

Sep 26, 2023 08:30AM ● By Content Editor
Photo: MN DNR

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - September 26, 2023

The Offal Wildlife Watching Project with the University of Minnesota Extension aims at better understanding what Minnesota wildlife species are attracted to and eat the organ meats (offal) in gut piles left from hunters field dressing deer and how offal affects wildlife food webs.

The project asks volunteer hunters to set up camera traps on the offal they leave in the field to capture images of wildlife visitors for one complete month. The project also relies on volunteers to help classify and identify wildlife in our many thousands of captured images each hunting season at

The project is currently seeking more deer hunter participants from throughout Minnesota. Hunter participants are welcome to use their own trail cameras or borrow camera equipment to use and get via mail from project staff. Prospective participants can find more information and register at [email protected]. Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator Grace Milanowski at [email protected] or 612-626-0109. You can also follow the project on FacebookInstagram and X (formerly Twitter).