The Missouri Department of Conservation thanks the thousands of stag hunters who participated in compulsory CWD sampling in 31 counties last weekend.
With the participation of hunters, MDC has collected more than 20,000 harvested roe deer samples for CWD testing.
According to MDC, compulsory sampling significantly increases the number of tissue samples that the conservation department can collect in a short time. The increased number of samples gives MDC scientists a better understanding of the distribution and spread of the disease ̵
MDC adds that the opening weekend of the Hirschwaffensaison is the most popular two hunting days for most stag hunters. Hunters take about a third of the state's annual annual deer harvest these two days.
By focusing on this key weekend, MDC offers the best opportunity to harvest most tissue samples during a very concentrated period.
Also, MDC has collected nearly 800 tissue samples for CWD testing in recent months through its ongoing voluntary CWD sampling across the country and from off-road and sick stags.
MDC sends test samples to an independent lab for testing and will report the test results. Keep up to date with the test results that MDC received at mdc.mo.gov/cwd under CWD in Missouri.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are no documented cases of CWD in humans, but it is important to prevent human exposure to CWD.
As a safeguard, the CDC recommends that hunters should consider having their harvested deer tested for CWD before consumption if the animal was harvested in an area where CWD was found. 19659004] The CDC also recommends that you do not consume an animal that tests the disease positively. For more information, see mdc.mo.gov/cwd under Human Health Risks.
MDC Continues to Offer Voluntary CWD Sampling Throughout the Season
Hunters harvested anywhere in Missouri deer throughout the deer hunting season – September 15 through January 15, 2019 – can harvest their harvested deer for free CWD testing collected at selected MDC offices throughout the state and at participating taxidermists and meat processors in the CWD Management Zone. The sampling is voluntary.
MDC asks hunters to take Telecheck roe before sampling. Hunters can use the entire field-clad stag or just the head with about five inches of neck. It can be removed heads in which the cape for the preparation of the skin has been removed.
For voluntary sampling sites and more information, visit mdc.mo.gov/cwd under Voluntary CWD Sampling All Season.
Hunters receive free test scores for their deer Both compulsory and voluntary CWD sampling online at mdc.mo.gov/CWDTestResults.[19659003cOnthenumberofsubmittedtestsamplesthetestresultswilllastuptofourweeksfromthetimeofsubmission * /