Alabama deer hunters are encouraged to utilize the self-service Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) sampling stations located throughout the state as part of its annual CWD surveillance effort. The archery deer season opened statewide October 15.
CWD, a contagious and fatal neurological disease that affects members of the deer family, was discovered in deer in parts of Mississippi and Tennessee in 2018, causing Alabama to intensify its CWD surveillance effort. To date, no cases of CWD have been found in Alabama. For an up-to-date map with directions to the CWD sampling stations, click here.
To prepare the sample to be dropped off at one of the sampling locations, hunters must first remove the deer’s head leaving 4-6 inches of neck attached. Once it’s removed, place the head in the provided plastic bag and tie it closed. For bucks, antlers can be removed at the base of each antler or by removing the skull plate before bagging the head. Next, complete all sections of the Biological Sample Tag and attach it to the bag with a zip tie. Remove and retain the bottom receipt portion of the Biological Sample Tag before placing the bagged head in the freezer. Plastic sample bags, tags and zip ties are provided at each freezer location. Additionally, hunters can have deer sampled at any WFF District Office or at the WFF office in Demopolis, Alabama. When providing samples at WFF offices, hunters can bring a whole deer, field-dressed deer or just the head from a harvested animal.
WFF offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hunters should call ahead so a biologist is available to collect the sample. Find District office contact information here.
Test results will be available online at within three to four weeks of dropping off the samples.
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