From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department
-- North Dakota bowhunters harvesting a big game animal in deer unit 3F2 are reminded of carcass transportation regulations that are intended to reduce the likelihood of spreading chronic wasting disease within North Dakota.
Because a mule deer taken last fall in unit 3F2 tested positive for CWD, hunters harvesting a big game animal in the unit cannot transport a carcass containing the head and spinal column outside of the unit unless it's taken directly to a state-inspected meat processor. However, the head can be removed from the carcass and transported outside of the unit if it is to be submitted for CWD testing or taken to a licensed taxidermist.
In addition, hunting big game over bait is prohibited within unit 3F2.
Through Nov. 1, successful 3F2 bowhunters from the Bismarck/Mandan area or those traveling through Bismarck, should drop deer heads off at the Game and Fish Department headquarters, or call the department's Wildlife Health Lab at (701) 220-4990 to make arrangements.
Successful 3F2 bowhunters who live outside the Bismarck/Mandan area, or will not travel through Bismarck, should make arrangements by calling the Wildlife Health Lab, or district game warden Jeff Violett, Mandan, (701) 843-7525, or warden supervisor Dan Hoenke in Dickinson at (701) 227-7431.
Additional information regarding carcass transportation and importation regulations can be found in the 2010 Chronic Wasting Disease Proclamation, available on the Game and Fish website, http://gf.nd.gov/regulations/cwd/index.html.