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Deer heads needed for CWD and bovine TB surveillance

There’s still one more week of the firearm deer hunting season left. Be sure to get out and enjoy some deer hunting this fall.

After your successful deer hunt, and especially if you hunt in the bovine tuberculosis or chronic wasting disease areas of Michigan, bring your deer head to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources deer check station for disease testing. Find a list of them at https://tinyurl.com/dnrdeercheckstations.

Deer heads are needed for bovine TB testing from Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Otsego, Oscoda, Presque Isle and Roscommon counties. The DNR needs samples from these counties to meet surveillance goals, which will help biologists understand the scale of infection in the local deer herd.                                                             

Deer heads are needed for CWD surveillance testing from Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Eaton, Gratiot, southern Isabella, Hillsdale, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, and also from the core CWD surveillance area in the Upper Peninsula (portions of Dickinson, Menominee and Delta counties).  

The DNR is beginning a five-year process of strategic, focused CWD surveillance by testing deer heads around the state. This year, testing will be occurring mainly in the southernmost three tiers of Michigan counties. Over the next four years, the remainder of the state will be systematically sampled to determine if CWD is present in other areas where it has not yet been identified.   

If you hunt in the remainder of the state and you want your deer tested for CWD, your deer head or the lymph nodes from the deer must be submitted to a USDA-approved lab for testing. Hunters will be charged a fee. Visit Michigan.gov/CWD and click on “For Hunters” for information about USDA-approved labs conducting CWD testing.  

Deer cooperator patches will be available ONLY at DNR deer check stations, during check station hours of operation, while supplies last. https://tinyurl.com/dnrdeercheckstations.

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