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Illinois Urges Archery Hunters to Participate in CWD Sampling

From Illinois Department of Natural Resources

-- Archery deer hunters in select counties in northern Illinois are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease (CWD) from adult deer they harvest.  This sampling is a very important part of Illinois' effort to monitor and combat CWD in wild deer. 

Archery hunters in Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry, Ogle and Winnebago counties should participate. Hunters should first check in their harvest through the IDNR website or toll-free phone system as indicated on their permit. The following locations are serving as CWD sampling stations, taking samples from entire deer or deer heads:
-- Authentic Taxidermy, 1849 Yates Ave, Beloit, WI; phone 608-362-8323 to confirm hours

-- Dave Bicket, 915 Warren St, Earlville, IL 60518; phone 815-246-9395

-- Eickmans Processing, Grant Ave, Seward, IL; Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-noon

-- Freedom Sausage, 4155 E 1650th Rd, Earlville, IL 60518; phone 815-792-8276; Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-noon

-- Headon and Son, Inc., 103 S. Main St., Creston, IL; phone 815-384-3620; Tuesday-Thurs. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.;

-- Jones Locker Service, 204 N Seminary Ave, Woodstock; Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Oct. 1 thru Nov. 20, 2008)

-- Old Orchard Market, Lena, IL; 1200 US 20 W, Lena, IL  61048; phone 815-369-9091
Pinnons Meats, 2324 N. Court St., Rockford; Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

-- Smokehouse Processing, 5735 S. 9th St, Rockford; Mon.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hunters who participate in the CWD sampling may leave the heads from adult deer for testing at several drop-off sites. Hunters should remove the deer head, leaving the two vertebrae nearest the skull attached.  The head should be placed in a heavy-grade plastic bag and kept cool until the hunter delivers it to the drop-off site. 

The head should be stored on ice or refrigerated, but not frozen. (Tissue samples cannot be taken from deer heads refrigerated more than three days). The following sites are serving as drop-off sites where hunters can fill out a sample submission card and leave adult deer heads:
-- Boone Co. Conservation District Maintenance Bldg, 655 N. Appleton Rd, Belvidere; Mon.-Sun. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

-- Rock Cut State Park, 7318 Harlem Rd, Loves Park; Mon.-Sun.

-- Jones Locker Service, 204 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock; Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Test results will be posted on the IDNR website at

For more information, contact IDNR at 815-675-2386 ext. 316 (Lake, Kane, Cook, Kendall, Grundy, DuPage and McHenry counties) or 815-535-2875 (Boone, DeKalb, LaSalle, Ogle and Winnebago counties).

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