Big Horn Basin Mule Deer Hunters Asked to Submit Samples for CWD Testing
Written by jordanmckamey on September 19, 2019
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department needs help from hunters this fall to collect samples from mule deer bucks for chronic wasting disease testing in targeted areas of the Bighorn Basin.
Hunters are a very important component in helping Game and Fish understand the disease and achieve CWD monitoring goals. Game and Fish is asking hunters who harvest mule deer bucks in hunt areas 105, 106, 109, 121, 122 and 123 to submit samples to Game and Fish for testing. Hunters outside of this year’s focused surveillance areas can still submit a sample for testing.
Game and Fish will provide several training opportunities for hunters who want to learn how to collect their own lymph node sample for CWD testing from harvested deer. Hunters can learn how to take a sample by attending in-person training at the following locations.
On September 23rd–at 6:00 P.M.–in Cody at the Game and Fish Regional office–September 24th–at 6:00 P.M.–in the Science and Math building at Northwest College or in Lovell–September 26th at 6:00 P.M. on September 26th.
Hunters can also have animals sampled at any game check station this season or by stopping at the Cody Regional Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
How-to-video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jpvxatk0gw&feature=youtu.be