From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department
-- Hunters with a deer license in unit 3F2 are reminded of preventive measures intended to reduce the likelihood of spreading chronic wasting disease in North Dakota.
Dr. Dan Grove, Game and Fish Department wildlife veterinarian, said carcass transportation guidelines for animals harvested within the unit have been implemented after a mule deer taken last fall tested positive for CWD.
This means hunters harvesting a big game animal in deer unit 3F2 cannot transport a carcass containing the head and spinal column outside of the unit unless it's taken directly to a meat processor. Also, the head can be removed from the carcass and transported outside of the unit if it is to be submitted to a CWD surveillance drop-off location or a licensed taxidermist.
"Unless hunters take deer heads to a drop-off point, Game and Fish office, processor or taxidermist, only boned out meat can be taken outside the unit, and the head and spinal cord must be left within the unit," Grove said.
A letter was mailed to all hunters with a 3F2 deer gun license with details and instructions. Hunters who didn't receive the letter or misplaced it should contact the Game and Fish Department to receive the information.
In addition to carcass transportation guidelines, hunting big game over bait is prohibited in unit 3F2. "This is consistent with South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks and Standing Rock Game and Fish Department regulations," Grove said.
Bait includes grain, seed, mineral, salt, fruit, vegetable nut, hay or any other natural or manufactured food placed by an individual. Bait does not include agricultural practices, gardens, wildlife food plots, agricultural crops, livestock feeds, fruit or vegetables in their natural location such as apples on or under an apple tree or unharvested food or vegetables in a garden.