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CWD test sample collection sites


Michigan Department of Natural Resources partners from Michigan State University Extension and the Quality Deer Management Association will host chronic wasting disease test sample collection sites in Kent, Ionia and Montcalm counties in November.

Hunters in these counties may submit their deer for free CWD testing at DNR check stations from Nov. 15-18 only; outside of this timeframe, hunters still can submit their deer for CWD testing for a fee by pulling appropriate tissue samples and submitting them to a USDA-approved laboratory.

MSU and QDMA staff and volunteers at test sample collection sites will be available to assist deer hunters with lymph node removal and will transport CWD samples to the Michigan State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, a USDA-approved laboratory, for testing.

The sites will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. Sample collection dates and locations are as follows:

  • Nov. 8 Rustic Sports Shop, 519 Ensley St., Howard City.
  • Nov. 20 Magnum Sports, 6227 S. Greenville Road, Greenville.
  • Nov. 22 Belding Hometown Hardware, 930 W. State St., Belding.
  • Nov. 28 Sadler’s Great Outdoors, 3160 W. M-46, Six Lakes.

All hunters, regardless of where their deer was taken, are welcome and encouraged to bring their deer to these testing collection sites to get help collecting the appropriate tissue samples and submit those samples for CWD testing.

You can find instructions, order and pay for testing, and find resources for lymph node collection at AnimalHealth.MSU.edu.

Before visiting a collection site to submit a sample, order and pay for your CWD test at https://tinyurl.com/MSUcwdtest. When filling out the information, select “I will bring the specimen to MSU VDL Building.” Be sure to print off a copy of your receipt to include with your sample.

Then, bring any legally tagged whole deer, deer head or extracted lymph nodes to the collection site. If you took the deer prior to the collection day, freeze the lymph nodes or head to preserve the tissue so that it will be suitable for testing. Submitted samples will be properly packaged with the individual CWD test order receipt, kept frozen and transported to the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

For questions about CWD test sample collection sites, please email Katie Ockert, MSU Extension CWD educator. Learn more about CWD in Michigan at Michigan.gov/CWD.

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Free youth rabbit hunt Jan. 16 in Belding 


Participants in the Flat River State Game Area’s 2015 youth rabbit hunt. This year’s hunt is set for Jan. 16.

Participants in the Flat River State Game Area’s 2015 youth rabbit hunt. This year’s hunt is set for Jan. 16.

Register by Jan 12

The Department of Natural Resources is teaming up with the Mid-Michigan United Sportsmen’s Alliance, the Belding Sportsman’s Club, the Montcalm County Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association and several other sporting groups and local businesses to sponsor a youth rabbit hunt at the Flat River State Game Area Saturday, Jan 16.

The day will kick off with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude with lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Belding Sportsman’s Club, located at 10651 Youngman Road in Belding, Michigan.

There is no fee to participate, and maps of potential hunting hot spots on the 11,000 acres of nearby public hunting land will be available. Participating youths will be eligible for a number of raffle prizes, including several firearms.

“This event is possible thanks to the cooperation of many partners with an interest in keeping Michigan’s hunting tradition going strong,” said DNR wildlife biologist John Niewoonder. “We hope that getting new hunters out in the woods and exposed to the fun and camaraderie of rabbit hunting will encourage them to become lifelong hunters.”

Hunting parties should register by Jan. 12 and must have at least one member younger than 17 years of age. For more information or to register, contact the Flat River State Game Area at 616-794-2658.

Participating hunters must have a valid base license or mentored youth hunting license, available online at www.mdnr-elicense.com or anywhere hunting licenses are sold.

To learn more about youth hunting, visit www.michigan.gov/mentoredhunting.

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