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Hunters advised to submit deer for CWD testing

Hunters advised to submit deer for CWD testing

By Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

Addressing conservation challenges such as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), requires active involvement of those with a passion for the state’s rich natural resources.

A primary goal of CWD response and management is to determine the extent and prevalence of the disease.

MDWFP is asking hunters to aid in this effort by submitting deer for testing during the 2021-2022 white-tail deer hunting season. Hunters and landowners can help monitor for CWD by actively looking for and reporting potential diseased or sick deer.

The test used to determine the presence of CWD requires a portion of the deer’s brainstem or lymph nodes. Harvested animals should remain cool until testing to reduce decomposition and provide accurate results.

MDWFP has established collection sites across the state for the general public to deposit deer heads for testing. Freezers will be at each site for depositing deer heads. Hunters should preserve the head with at least 6 inches of neck attached and antlers may be removed before depositing head.

For locations of the 2021-2022 season Statewide Collection Site, click here.

More information and to learn more about the CWD Management Plan for 2021-2022, click here.

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