The state Game and Fish Department will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2012 hunting season, by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis from 17 units in North Dakota. In addition, all moose and elk harvested in the state are eligible for testing.
Samples from hunter-harvested deer taken in the western portion of the state will be tested from units 3A1, 3A2, 3A3, 3B1, 3B2, 3D1, 3D2, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F.
Every head sampled must have either the deer tag attached, or a new tag can be filled out with the license number, deer hunting unit and date harvested.
Hunters are encouraged to drop off deer heads at the following locations:
- Alexander – Old School Meat Processing
- Bismarck – Game and Fish Department headquarters, M&M Sausage and Meats, West Dakota Meats, Call of the Wild Taxidermy
- Crosby – Crosby Water Plant
- Dickinson – Dickinson Game and Fish district office, Dean’s Meat Market
- Dunn Center – Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge
- Elgin – Gunny’s Bait and Tackle, Melvin’s Taxidermy
- Foxholm – Upper Souris NWR
- Glen Ullin – Kuntz’s Butcher Shop
- Hazen – Hazen Meats
- Hettinger – Dakota Packing
- Kenmare – Des Lacs NWR, Lostwood NWR, Seykora’s Meat Processing
- Mandan – Butcher Block Meats
- Mohall – Engebretson Processing
- New Leipzig – Hertz Hardware
- Parshall – Myers Meats
- Riverdale – Riverdale Game and Fish district office
- Roseglen – Giffey Taxidermy
- Scranton – Wolf’s Processing
- Solen - Hettich Salvage
- Stanley – Stanley High School
- Williston – Williston Game and Fish district office, Mertin Kirschbaum, Scenic Sports, Bickler Taxidermy, Zerr’s Taxidermy.
Moose and elk heads should be taken to a Game and Fish office.
CWD affects the nervous system of members of the deer family and is always fatal. Scientists have found no evidence that CWD can be transmitted naturally to humans or livestock.