The check station will not be staffed during the late archery and flintlock muzzleloader seasons, although hunters may stop by the check station and follow the posted instructions to deposit deer heads in the marked containers provided, and deer spines and rib cages may be deposited in the dumpster on the site. Any deer heads deposited in the containers must have a field harvest tag attached to the ear to be eligible for testing.
Hunters are reminded that even though sampling is voluntary, the parts ban still remains, meaning no high-risk parts are permitted to leave the DMA. Hunters also are reminded to remove the antlers on heads prior to bringing them in for deposit at the check station.
“While no wild deer have been found to be infected with CWD, the Game Commission is doing its due diligence to monitor whether this disease has spread to wild deer within the DMA,” Myers said. “The benefit for hunters bringing deer harvested within the DMA to our check station is two-fold: the Game Commission will cover the cost of having the animal tested, and the hunter will be notified if the harvested deer is found to be infected with CWD.
“The benefit to the agency is it can test a sufficient number of deer within the DMA without having to resort to culling deer to test.”
Myers noted that deer harvested outside of the DMA will not be eligible for testing at the check station; however, hunters may get their deer checked by the Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Laboratory, for a fee, by calling 717-787-8808.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Game Commission