Hello I was looking at all the check stations and they are only open until 3pm?? Is no one hunting in the after noon? If there is a mandatory check then where do I bring it after dark? Thanks for the help!
If you have noticed the temp at night has been a fairly cool low 50s to even high 40s. I have seen temps this high on Nov 15 and deer hanging on buck poles for days. I think if you shoot a deer and get it to the check station the next morning it will be just fine assuming that you gut it and hang it with the cavity open that night. Also there should be refrigerated trucks at the check station that you can hang your deer in while the test is conducted. I think this is a great attempt by the DNR to make this an decent process, despite the poor check station open times.
Also, remember that you have the option to just bring in the head, it says so right on the DNR website in the FAQ for CWD by Rodney Clute (great read). You could quarter it and process as usual. The only real restriction is any deer killed in the hot zone can not be removed from the hot zone. So, if you live in the hot zone you are good, if not then the check station will have a list of processors in the hot zone for you to take it to. If you question any of this then call the check station that you are taking your deer to. The phone numbers are listed and they can tell you what will happen when you bring in your deer.
Ice bags and cool evening work fine. The doe I shot last night was in great shape when I took her in this morning. One note, you can take your deer to Barb's processing on 10 mile west of 131. The DNR has a person there as well from 9-3 but Barb can take the deer up until 9 p.m. You can donate through SAH there as well. The check station and Barb took good care of me.
Talked to the dnr in Belding and I was informed someone would be at these check station to get deer hung up, and they will be working weekends.
I may stop by one this weekend and have a chat before I remove all my stands from the zone.
CWD Surveillance Zone (FAQ)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 16, 2008
Contacts: Rodney Clute 517-373-1263 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014
DNR Frequently Asked Questions About Hunting in the CWD Surveillance
Zone in Kent County
What is the CWD Surveillance Zone?
The nine-township area of northwest Kent County surrounding the captive
deer facility that produced a deer with chronic wasting disease -
Tyrone, Solon, Nelson, Sparta, Algoma, Courtland, Alpine, Plainfield and
Cannon -- is the surveillance zone.
What does that mean?
All deer killed by hunters in the surveillance zone must be taken to a
Department of Natural Resources check station for CWD testing. This is
mandatory. Hunters may present just the head, but we would prefer the
How should I handle my deer?
Deer should be field dressed as usual. We recommend hunters always wear
rubber gloves when field dressing all deer.
After I take my deer to the check station, then what?
DNR personnel will remove the head at the check station. Hunters may
only possess the hide and antlers - with all soft tissue removed from
them - and boned out meat. The name of a deer processor within the
surveillance zone will be available at the check stations. The DNR will
have dumpsters available at the check station sites for the disposable
of the rest of the carcass for hunters who prefer to bone out the meat
In addition, the DNR will have refrigerated trucks on site. Hunters
will be afforded the option of leaving the carcass in cold storage until
the CWD test is completed. If the test is negative, hunters will be
allowed to claim the entire carcass. If the test is positive, the
carcass will be incinerated and the hunter will be issued a new kill
How will I be notified and how long will it take?
We anticipate all hunters will be notified by postcard of test results
within a week. Hunters will be expected to present their postcard at the
check station when collecting their deer.
Where are the check stations and when are they open?
The DNR will maintain three check stations from Sept. 18 - Jan. 9, --
except for state holidays - from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, a fourth
during the first five days of the firearms season, Nov. 15-19, from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m.
Season-long check stations include:
Howard Christensen Nature Center
530 20 Mile Road
Rockford Sportsmans Club
11115 Northland Drive, NE
Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club
18 Mile Road
From Nov. 15-19, there will be a check station at the Rockford Rest
Area on southbound U.S. 131 at highway marker 99.
Is there any health risk to me?
Health officials say there is no evidence that CWD has or can infect
humans. However, it is recommended that people do not eat meat from
animals that test positive for the disease.
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