deer spleens

Minnesota Researchers to Amass Spleens as Deer Season Begins

DNR researchers are hoping to harvest at least 800 of the organs.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota wildlife researchers will be collecting deer spleens this weekend as the state’s main deer hunting season begins. The Department of Natural Resources’ researchers are hoping to harvest at least 800 of the organs from whitetail deer killed by hunters for a study that examines the effects of neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids, which are insecticides heavily used in Minnesota-grown corn…