The Missouri Department of Conservation thanks the thousands of deer hunters who participated in their mandatory CWD sampling efforts last…
The Missouri Department of Conservation thanks the thousands of deer hunters who participated in their mandatory CWD sampling efforts last weekend in 31 counties.
Thanks to hunter’s participation, MDC collected more than 20,000 tissue samples from harvested deer for CWD testing.
According to MDC, compulsory sampling dramatically increases the number of tissue samples that the conservation department can collect in a short period of time. The increased number of samples gives MDC researchers a much better understanding of the distribution and incidence of the disease ̵
1; where it is and how many deer it can have. It can also help find new cases in new areas.
MDC adds that the opening mass of the firearms hero season is the most popular two hunting days for most deer hunters. Hunters take about one third of our state’s total annual deer harvest over these two days.
Focusing on this key weekend, MDC provides the best opportunity to gather most tissue samples over a highly concentrated period of time.
MDC has also collected nearly 800 tissue samples for CWD testing in recent months through its ongoing voluntary CWD sampling efforts and from extinct and ill deer.
MDC sends test samples to an independent testing laboratory and will report test results when they become available. Stay up to date on test results received by MDC at mdc.mo.gov/cwd under CWD in Missouri.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been no documented cases of CWD in humans, but it is important to prevent human exposure to CWD.
As a precautionary measure, CDC recommends that hunters strongly consider having their harvested deer tested for CWD before eating the meat if the animal is harvested from an area where CWD has been found. 19659004] CDC also recommends not consuming an animal that tests positive for the disease. Read more at mdc.mo.gov/cwd under risks to human health.
MDC continues to offer volunteer CWD sampling throughout the season
Hunters harvesting deer anywhere in Missouri throughout the deer hunting season – September 15 through Jan. 15, 2019 – can get his harvested deer sampled for free CWD testing at selected MDC offices across the state and through participating taxidermists and meat processors located in the CWD management zone. Sampling is voluntary.
MDC asks hunters for field gown and Telecheck deer before being taken for sampling. Hunters can bring whole field-clothed deer, or just the head with about six inches in the neck of the place. The head that has the capsule removed for taxidermy can be tested.
Find volunteer sampling sites and more information at mdc.mo.gov/cwd during Volunteer CWD sampling throughout the season.
Hunters can get free test results for their deer from both compulsory and voluntary CWD sampling online at mdc.mo.gov/CWDTestResults.
In the amount of test samples submitted, the test results will take up to four weeks from the date of submission. .