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Deer head drop-off locations now available

 

With the discovery of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Montcalm County, the Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that, beginning Nov. 15, deer registration is mandatory for deer harvested in the following townships: Maple Valley, Pine, Douglas, Montcalm, Sidney, Eureka and Fairplain in Montcalm County and Spencer and Oakfield in Kent County.

To assist hunters and landowners near these areas, the DNR is using a combination of staffed deer check stations and NEW unstaffed deer head drop-off locations (open 24 hours) in Montcalm and Ionia counties.

Heads of all deer must be submitted to a DNR check station or drop-off site within 72 hours of harvest, at which point hunters will be given a CWD tag to confirm deer were registered properly. For deer where a shoulder mount is desired, hunters may use any licensed taxidermist, but the caped-out head must be submitted to a DNR deer check station or head drop-off site after skinning. If a European or skull mount is desired, please contact the Flat River Field Office at 616-794-2658.

If CWD is found in a submitted deer, the hunter will be notified by phone.

If CWD is not found, test results will be posted online at mi.gov/dnrlab within seven business days of sample or carcass submission.

Deer heads from the Montcalm-Kent nine townships may be submitted at the following sites:

• Montcalm Township Hall – 1880 S. Greenville Road, Greenville, MI 48838. Deer check station and drop box

• Howard City – 125 E. Shaw St., Howard City, MI 49329. Deer check station and drop box

• DNR Flat River Field Office – 6640 Long Lake Drive, Belding, MI 48809. Deer check station and drop box

• Parr’s Deer Processing – 2028 W. County Farm Rd., Sheridan, MI 48884. Drop box only.

Deer heads from outside of the Montcalm-Kent nine townships may be submitted at the following sites:

• Blanchard Thriftway Deer Processing – 903 S. Main St., Crystal, MI 48818. Drop box only

• Village Market-Carson City Deer Processing – 10715 E. Carson City Rd., Carson City, MI 48811. Drop box only

• Slater’s Deer Processing – 1224 Prairie Creek Rd., Ionia, MI 48846. Drop box only

There are step-by-step instructions available at drop box locations. Hunters only receive successful deer hunter patches if they submit their head at a staffed DNR check station location.

For other CWD mandatory deer registration areas (DMUs 333 and 359), or for additional deer check locations, visit mi.gov/cwd.      

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