DNR hires new big game program leader
The point person for management of Minnesota’s deer, elk and moose populations and hunting seasons for deer and elk will be Adam Murkowski. He starts Monday, Jan. 11, as big game program leader for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Murkowski worked in a similar position, deer project leader, in Vermont from 2012 to 2015. Since March 2015, he worked for the Wisconsin DNR as assistant deer, bear and wolf ecologist in Madison.
“Adam is passionate about deer and deer hunting, and I think he is particularly well suited to our big game job because of his strong interest in big game and his professional experience,” said Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife populations program manager. “He is also highly trained and experienced in wildlife science and engaging the public. He is well-positioned to continue our approach of using science-based information and effective public engagement processes to manage Minnesota’s white-tailed deer and other species.”
The primary responsibilities of the big game program leader are to manage deer and elk populations and harvest seasons and to work with groups and individuals interested in big game management to address the expectations of a diverse public.
“We look forward to Adam joining the DNR to begin his big game management duties and to meet and work with people and groups interested in this work,” Merchant said.