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ND needs hunter-harvested deer samples

From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department

-- North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is continuing its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2010 hunting season by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis from 12 units in eastern North Dakota and one in the southwest.

In addition, all moose and elk harvested in the state are eligible for testing.

Dr. Dan Grove, wildlife veterinarian, said samples from hunter-harvested deer taken in the east will be tested from units 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F1, 2F2, 2G, 2G1, 2G2 and 2L. In addition, unit 3F2 will be tested after a mule deer taken last fall tested positive for CWD.
Every head sampled must have either the deer tag attached, or a new tag can be filled out with the license number, deer hunting unit and date harvested. Skull caps and antlers can be removed.

"There are additional carcass and transportation restrictions in unit 3F2," Grove said. "Hunters with licenses in this unit should have already received a letter with these restrictions. If not, contact the Game and Fish Department to receive this information."

Participating hunters whose deer have been sampled 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.

Hunters are encouraged to drop off deer heads at the following locations: Aneta - Aneta Meats Service; Bismarck - Game and Fish Department, Call of the Wild Taxidermy; Bottineau - Davidson's Processing; Cando - K&E Meats; arrington - Barton Meats; Casselton - Casselton Cold Storage; Devils Lake - Devils Lake Game and Fish district office; Dunseith - Wayne's Food Pride; Edgeley - Edgeley Meat Processing Plant; Enderlin - Maple Valley Lockers; Fargo - Meats by John & Wayne, J&K Taxidermy, Jer's Wildlife Taxidermy; Fordville - Dakota Prairie Wildlife Club; Grand Forks - Bob's Oil, Dan's Skinning and Deboning, Ted's Taxidermy; Great Bend - Manock Meats; Gwinner - Stoppleworth Taxidermy; Jamestown - Jamestown Game and Fish district office, Real Look Taxidermy;  LaMoure - LaMoure Lockers; Langdon - Hickory Hut; Larimore - Glenn's EZ Stop; Milnor - Milnor Locker;

New Rockford - Risovi Taxidermy; Oakes - Butcher Block; Park River - Jim's Super Value Inc.; Reynolds - Weber's Meats; Rolette - The Meat Shack; Sheyenne - Brenno Meats; Valley City - Valley Meat Supply; Wahpeton - Jeff Schwartz Taxidermy; Walhalla - Walhalla Co-op; West Fargo - Bill Kitzman Taxidermy; Wyndmere - Bridgemart Meats LLC.

Drop off locations for deer taken from unit 3F2: Bismarck - West Dakota Meats, M&M Sausage and Meats; Carson - Double R Meats; Elgin - Gunny's Bait and Tackle, Melvin's Taxidermy;  Glen Ullin - Kuntz's Butcher Shop; Hettinger - Dakota Packing;  Mandan - Butcher Block Meats; New Leipzig - Hertz Hardware.

Grove said moose and elk heads should be taken to a Game and Fish office.

Monitoring efforts have intensified in recent years and all units have been completed twice throughout the entire state. Since the department's sampling efforts began in 2002, more than 16,000 deer, elk and moose have tested negative for CWD.

CWD affects the nervous system of members of the deer family and is always fatal. Scientists have found no evidence that CWD can be transmitted naturally to humans or livestock.

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