The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2019 hunting season by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease from units in more than half of the state. Samples from hunter-harvested deer taken in the eastern portion of the state will be tested from units 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, […]
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2019 hunting season by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease from units in more than half of the state.
Samples from hunter-harvested deer taken in the eastern portion of the state will be tested from units 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F1, 2F2, 2G, 2G1, 2G2 and 2L. In addition, deer will be tested in the northwest from units 3A1, 3A2, 3A3 (that portion of the unit north of U.S. Highway 2) and 3B1, in the west from units 4B and 4C, and in the southwest from units 3C (the portion of the unit west of the Missouri River), 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 and 3F2.
Game and Fish wildlife veterinarian Dr. Charlie Bahnson said surveillance is conducted to estimate where CWD is located, and to determine the infection rate in the area. He said the department uses the information to guide its efforts in managing the impacts of the disease.
'CWD has not been found in the eastern third of the state and our surveillance goal in that area is to confidently say that it is still not present in the area,' Bahnson said. 'We need to test a lot of deer to reach that conclusion, so it is important for hunters to consider dropping off their deer for testing.'
Bahnson mentioned it's likely that additional positive deer will be found this fall in units 3A1, 3B1, 3F2 and 4B where CWD has been previously detected. 'Infection rates are relatively low in those areas, but only a small portion of hunters have submitted heads for testing,' he added. 'Most infected deer will look perfectly healthy and the only way to tell is by having them tested.'
Hunters are encouraged to drop off the head of an adult or yearling deer at one of nearly 100 collection sites across the state. Hunters wishing to keep the deer head can bring it to a Game and Fish district office during business hours to have it sampled. Fawns and head-shot deer cannot be tested. Testing results will be provided to hunters within 2-3 weeks by email or text message, based on their preferred communication method listed on their Game and Fish account. To add or update contact information, visit My Account at the department's website, gf.nd.gov.
Hunters should note a carcass or head of a white-tailed deer or mule deer taken from deer hunting units 3A1, 3B1 or 3F2; a moose from moose hunting unit M10; or an elk from elk hunting unit E6; may not be transported to a collection site outside of the unit. Exceptions: deer heads taken in units 3A1 or 3B1 may be transported between those units, and moose heads taken in unit M10 may be delivered to the collection sites at the Williston Game and Fish office and at the North Dakota State Fair grounds in Minot.
More information on CWD, including transportation restrictions, is available at the Game and Fish website.
Hunters are encouraged to drop off deer heads at the following locations:Alexander " Sather Lake Recreation AreaBeach " Gooseneck ImplementBelfield " Badlands Taxidermy, SuperpumperBismarck " 3Be Meats, Game and Fish Department, West Dakota MeatsBlaisdell " BJ TaxidermyBottineau " Mattern Family MeatsBowbells " The JointCando " K&E MeatsCarrington " Barton MeatsCasselton " Casselton TesoroCooperstown " Miller's Fresh Foods, OCD TaxidermyCrosby " Cenex/New Century AgDevils Lake " Lake Region Sportsmen's Club/City Sanitation Department, Game and Fish DepartmentDickinson " Game and Fish Department, Wildlife CreationsDunseith " Wayne's Food PrideEdgeley " CenexElgin " Gunny's Bait and Tackle, Melvin's TaxidermyEllendale " True ValueEnderlin " Maple Valley LockersFargo " NDSU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Prime Cut MeatsFlasher " 8 miles east on N.D. Highway 21Fordville " Jelinek Brother TaxidermyFort Yates " Prairie Knights Quik MartGlen Ullin " Kuntz's Butcher ShopGrafton " Tractor SupplyGrand Forks " Grand Forks Gun ClubGrassy Butte " Sweet Crude Travel CenterGreat Bend " Manock MeatsGrenora " Farmer's UnionGwinner " Stoppleworth TaxidermyHettinger " Dakota PackingHorace " J&K TaxidermyJamestown " Game and Fish Department, Windish's Deer ProcessingKenmare " Farmer's Union, Jessica Ware's TaxidermyLakota " Zimprich TaxidermyLaMoure " LaMoure LockersLangdon " Farmer's Union Cenex, Hursman TaxidermyLarimore " E-Z Stop Convenience StoreLinton " BP Taxidermy, Bosch's Meat Market, Scherr's MeatsLisbon " Sheyenne National Grasslands OfficeMandan " Butcher Block MeatsMapleton " Jason's TaxidermyMayville " CenexMilnor " Milnor LockerMinot " AAA Taxidermy, Blom's Locker and Processing, Frenchy's Taxidermy, State Fairgrounds, Wallen's TaxidermyMohall " Engebretson Processing, Farmer's UnionMott " 4 Corners Car WashNew Leipzig " Hertz Hardware, and 12 miles south on N.D. Highway 49New Town " Three Affiliated Tribes Fish and Wildlife OfficeNew Rockford " Risovi Taxidermy StudioOakes " Butcher BlockPark River " Jim's Super ValuPowers Lake " Farmer's UnionRay " Horizon-CenexReynolds " Weber's MeatsRolette " The Meat ShackRugby " CenexScranton " Wolf's Meat ProcessingSelfridge " CenexSheyenne " Wild Things TaxidermySolen " Hettich SalvageStanley " Ace HardwareTioga " Recycling CenterValley City " Valley Meat SupplyWahpeton " Aber Taxidermy, David's Taxidermy, J&R TaxidermyWalcott " Brantley's AntlersWalhalla " North Dakota Forest ServiceWatford City " Farmer's Union CenexWest Fargo " West Fargo City SanitationWilliston " Bickler Taxidermy, Dave's Heads or Tails Taxidermy, Mounts By Mert, Game and Fish Department, Zerr's Taxidermy