Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria), was named 2019 Legislator of the Year by the Bluffland Whitetails Association (BWA). Sen. Ingebrigtsen serves as Chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee.
Senator Ingebrigtsen was awarded the BWA Outstanding Legislator Award for his instrumental work to help pass significant reforms to protect, enhance, and expand Minnesota’s wild deer resources. In particular, the organization credited Senator Ingebrigtsen for his work to curb the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
“Last session, one of my top priorities was tackling Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota,” Said Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen. “My committee has taken this issue very seriously, and this past session, we dedicated $1.8 million to the University of Minnesota to develop a live test to detect Chronic Wasting Disease. On top of that, we implemented new rules on farms, including stricter fencing regulations and the requirement of double gates.”
“We’re not going to stop there either. We must continue to tackle CWD and emerging issues that impact the state’s heard so that they never grow out of control,” continue Senator Ingebrigtsen. “We want a healthy herd so that we can preserve this tradition so that we can teach our kids and our keep this great Minnesota past time alive for generations.”
Bluffland Whitetails Association is an organization of hunters, landowners, and wildlife professionals who are committed to improving white-tailed deer management through education, research and cooperative action. The association advocates for deer management strategies that based on an accurate assessment of today’s herd and sound scientific research that will help Minnesota have a healthier, better-balanced herd, that doesn’t reduce hunter opportunities.