Minnesota is home to some 110 game species over some 1.1 million acres. Ever since the previous big game program leader left in October, the Department of Natural Resources has been unsure of whom to assign to the position. After careful consideration, the Minnesota DNR appoints new big game program leader.
- Minnesota’s name comes from a Dakota Indian work meaning ‘sky tinted water’
- The state is the national number one at selling fishing licenses
- There are around 500 hunting instructors and around 35,000 hunting students active in the state
- Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources highly encourages turning in poachers
- The state also has the largest bald eagle and wolf populations in the lower 48 states
Missing their big game program leader for a bit over two months, Minnesota’s DNR finally decided on whom to put in charge as the newest point person responsible for the management of the state-wide moose, elk, and deer populations, as well as for the elk and deer hunting seasons.
Adam Murkowski will start work today, taking over the position held until her promotion to DNR wildlife section’s forest habitat team supervisor in October by Leslie McInenly.
Of course, the new big game program leader has had quite a lot of experience in this field, with him even holding a very similar job from 2012 to 2015 as a deer project leader in Vermont. He also worked as an assistant deer, bear, and wolf ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Madison.
Other previous exploits have him attending University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and receiving a bachelor science degree in wildlife ecology and management, as well as a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas-Monticello in forest resources, with an emphasis on wildlife.
The man has also held other jobs working on deer, moose, and elk related projects throughout Colorado and North Carolina.
His main responsibilities in the new function will be to manage the state’s elk and deer populations, as well as their hunting seasons, and also to work with other parties of individuals and groups that are interested in the management of big game, and to address the expectations of ever diverse public.
Adam Murkowski is praised to be in a position where his vast experience in the field is definitely going to benefit both him and his peers.
With his accumulated experience in engaging the public and his even greater one in wildlife science, the DNR wildlife populations program manager who put him in charge is confident that he is the right man for the job.
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