State wants deer samplesNorth Dakota will once again test harvested deer, moose and elk for chronic wasting disease and bovine turberculosis, according to a press release. Hunters who drop off samples have a chance to win muzzleloaders and saws.
North Dakota will once again test harvested deer, moose and elk for chronic wasting disease and bovine turberculosis, according to a press release. Hunters who drop off samples have a chance to win muzzleloaders and saws.
The Game and Fish Department will test animals from 17 units in western North Dakota and two in the northeast.
Samples from hunter-harvested deer taken in the west will be tested from units 3A1, 3A2, 3A3, 3B1, 3B2, 3D1, 3D2, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F.
Dr. Dan Grove, wildlife veterinarian, said animals in northeastern North Dakota from units 2C and 2D will continue to be tested for TB until it has been eradicated from the adjacent Minnesota herd. “Even then we will test the northeast for a few more years,” he said.
Every head sampled must have either the deer tag attached, or a tag can be filled out with the license number, deer hunting unit and date harvested. Skull caps and antlers can be removed.
Participating hunters will have their names entered in a drawing for five muzzleloaders and 100 Sagen Saws. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by the end of December.
This is the final year of a three-year plan to sample the state. Animals in eastern North Dakota were tested in 2007, while the central portion of the state was sampled last year.
“A new cycle will begin next year in the eastern third of the state,” Grove said.
CWD affects the nervous system of deer and is always fatal. Scientists have found no evidence that CWD can be transmitted naturally to humans or livestock. To date, CWD and TB have not been diagnosed in wild or farmed cervids in North Dakota, though these diseases have been found in surrounding states and provinces.
Game and Fish personnel will operate a head collection site Nov. 7-8 at the Dairy Queen in Belfield.
Hunters are encouraged to drop off deer heads at the following locations:
Alexander – Old School Meat Processing
Belfield – Cenex
Bismarck – Game and Fish Department office, Call of the Wild Taxidermy and M&M Sausage and Meats
Carson – Double R Meats
Dickinson – Dickinson Game and Fish
district office and Dean’s Meat Market
Dunn Center – Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge office
Foxholm – Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge office
Garrison – Garrison Custom Meats
Glen Ullin – Kuntz Butcher Shop
Hazen – Hazen Meats
Hettinger – Dakota Packing
Kenmare – Kenmare Locker (Jack-n-Jill) and Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge office
Marmarth – Past Time Club and Steakhouse
Mandan – Butcher Block Meats
Medora – Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch
Minot – Hensen’s Fur and Leather and S&K Processing
Mohall – Engebretson Processing
Parshall – Myers Meats
Riverdale – Game and Fish district office
Scranton – Wolf’s Processing
Williston – Williston Game and Fish district office and Scenic Sports
Drop off locations for deer taken from units 2C and 2D:
Edinburg – Ellingson Meats
Fordville – Dakota Prairie Wildlife Club
Langdon – Hickory Hut
Larimore – Glenn’s EZ Stop
Park River – Randy’s Backyard Smokehouse
Reynolds – Webster’s Meats
Walhalla – Walhalla Co-op
* Moose and elk heads should be taken to a Game and Fish office.