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    August 13, 2014 at 2:39pm

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking assistance from hunters this fall to provide white-tailed deer tissue samples to help the state agency test for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

    CWD is a lethal disease, although deer may not show symptoms for five years or more. No treatment or cure for CWD exists. Direct, animal-to-animal contact is a means of transmission, but evidence also suggests that contaminated environments present risks. Humans are not known to contract CWD.

    Although CWD has not been detected in North Carolina, deer populations have tested positive for the disease in Virginia, West Virginia and 20 other states, as well as two Canadian provinces. The Wildlife Commission conducts annual surveillance of the white-tailed deer population to monitor for the presence of the disease and prevent its spread if it were detected in the state’s deer population.

    The Commission has been conducting CWD surveillance of white-tailed deer since 1999, including two statewide sampling efforts in 2003 and 2008, and smaller scale subsampling efforts in other years. When conducting statewide sampling of white-tailed deer, the Commission sets a goal to collect a minimum of 1,000 deer, but the sampling goal in 2013 will be tripled to 3,000 deer.

    Public assistance in this effort will be essential to help the Commission meet its goal, according to Jason Allen, who is the Wildlife Commission’s Piedmont Regional Wildlife Biologist in District 5.

    “If you, or someone you know, harvests deer this fall, please contact the Wildlife Commission so we can collect a sample,” Allen said. “We’ll collect the obex and retropharyngeal lymph nodes to test for CWD and use the jaw bone to age the deer. The skull and antlers will not be damaged so samples from trophy animals can still be taken after the deer has been caped out.”

    For hunters who have harvested deer and intend to process the animal on their own deer, Allen requested they remove the head with about six inches of the neck attached, place the head in a cooler, and contact the Wildlife Commission immediately. The deer parts to be tested should not be frozen because tissue samples do not withstand freezing.

    For harvested deer to be sent to a processor, Allen requested that hunters contact the Wildlife Commission after the deer is harvested but before it is delivered to the processor so Commission staff can collect the samples before the deer is processed.

    “We will collect samples from any deer 1.5 years old or older, male or female,” Allen said. “We want to sample deer that have been around long enough to have come into contact with the disease so spotted fawns are not usually tested.”

    The Wildlife Commission has designated staff by county to serve as contacts for hunters willing to assist the Commission with CWD testing of harvested deer. To participate in the CWD testing, contact the Commission staff in the county in which the deer is harvested. You will be asked to provide the exact location where the deer was killed, the date of death, sex and cause of death.

    “For the deer’s location, we’d like GPS coordinates if possible,” Allen said. “We’ll also ask you for your name, address and phone number, so we can contact you in the event that your deer tests positive for CWD.”

    For more information, or for guidance on CWD tests for harvested deer outside of the 11-county Piedmont district in the table below, contact Jason Allen at 336-524-9801 or jason.allen@ncwildlife.org.

    COUNTY
    NCWRC CONTACT

    ALAMANCE
    Jason Allen (336) 524-9801 or (336) 514-0306

    CASWELL
    Bronson Hannah (336) 459-5613 and Jason Smith (828) 460-3315

    CHATHAM
    Ryan Myers 919-218-3376

    DURHAM
    Brandon Minor (919) 928-4223 and Brian Lee (919) 801-7140

    GRANVILLE
    Chris Teague (919) 218-0752 and Chris Baranski (919) 384-5870

    GUILFORD
    Jason Allen (336) 524-9801 or (336) 514-0306

    LEE
    Ryan Myers 919-218-3376

    ORANGE
    David Hart (919) 886-2083 and Brian Lee (919) 801-7140

    PERSON
    Matthew Williams (336) 247-3227

    RANDOLPH
    Jason Allen (336) 524-9801 or (336) 514-0306

    ROCKINGHAM
    Jason Allen (336) 524-9801 or (336) 514-0306

    September 17, 2013 at 7:51am

    I think I may like this spot...

    September 02, 2013 at 7:29am

    I think he likes it...

    August 12, 2013 at 7:36am

    Still loving them beans!

    July 30, 2013 at 6:21am

    First time soybeans have been planted on the farm in 35 years. Look who likes them.
    I hate that I forgot to change the time and date on the camera.

    July 12, 2013 at 8:51am

    Looks like the boy made it through the winter!

    April 02, 2013 at 9:45am

    My buddy came to visit us this Thanksgiving weekend. So we decided to go hunting for a couple days. i sat him in one of my hottest stands, knowing he will see deer. Well, he did see deer, 12 does and fawns, but as soon as they left this little girl walked out. He hit his doe bleat a couple times and she ran right to him at 40 yards. He stopped her dead in her tracks with his .308. End of story.

    November 28, 2012 at 8:13am

    This guy almost bumped the tree the camera was on.

    November 20, 2012 at 3:24pm

    Somebody new just showed up.

    November 06, 2012 at 3:25pm

    Look closely in the background. 2 bucks sparing in the food plot.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:08am

    Just some bucks hanging around the pea patch.

    http://youtu.be/921EGd-gNd0

    September 27, 2012 at 7:25am

    I had over 150 pictures of this guy, during all times of the day over a 2 week period.

    September 27, 2012 at 6:54am

    I've been hunting going on 15 years, I'm 30 now. I've shot more than my share of does and scrub bucks but no trophy, until 4:40 on Saturday afternoon. Thats when this guy comes pushing a doe out into the field. Sorry about the picture quality, only had a camera phone on me at the time.

    November 18, 2009 at 7:59am
    A comment titled: Secret Spot in response to a report titled: My secret spot

    @ DCB - I keep my secrets close and my BIG secrets closer...Good luck this year buddy!

    September 04, 2013 at 11:19am
    A comment titled: Secret Spot in response to a report titled: My secret spot

    @ Viper - I've been keeping close tabs on the movement charts...The next 2 weekends are the only times I'm gonna have for the next month...really hoping somebody shows up!
    @ 1CCH - thanks buddy...hopefully Alamance County will represent again this year!
    @ GT - thanks buddy...I'm starting to regret that I switched from video to camera...I think I will move over to the video beginning this week...

    September 03, 2013 at 8:42am
    A comment titled: UTV in response to a report titled: Alamance Boys

    Its a Ranger...Really handles well and great for the kids to ride in.
    The boys are showing potential, need some time on them.
    Thanks for the comment.

    August 01, 2013 at 7:19am

    GT...I can't think of anything that could top the feeling you had when that BOOM went off and you were digging for that camera...Awesome job Dacota and a great gobbler!

    April 09, 2013 at 3:28pm
    A comment titled: He made it... in response to a report titled: He made it...

    Thanks for all the comments guys and gals. I had a lot of encounters with this buck last season and decided to let him walk for one more year. I must be crazy! I can't wait to see what this guy does this year. I'll keep the mineral rocks and food plots close to him, then I'll go get that lottery ticket that GT suggested.
    Believe it or not, every shed that I have found has been in open fields with knee to waist high cover, as I am mowing for the spring growth.
    Good luck to everyone!

    April 03, 2013 at 6:44am
    A comment titled: He made it.. in response to a report titled: He made it...

    They were approximately 15 feet apart. He drove the right side into the ground to get it to come off.

    April 02, 2013 at 4:28pm
    A comment titled: Alamance County Buck! in response to a report titled: big buck down

    Do it Gabby...Good looking deer right there bo!

    December 07, 2012 at 4:00pm
    A comment titled: Nice 1 in response to a report titled: Close Up

    GT-That is a classic post there. That would be my luck with the card file. I'd like to see the deer that created that rub. Post it when you get the images back.

    November 20, 2012 at 6:46pm
    A comment titled: Moose in response to a report titled: 'Bullwinkle' Dream come True in NC

    Check out the paddles on that boy. Congrats on an awesome buck!

    November 20, 2012 at 6:42pm
    A comment titled: Rockingham Stud in response to a report titled: GT Finally knocks 1 out hunting in Rockingham Co.

    Now thats how you let the smoke roll...Good looking deer there GT...Congratulations!

    November 09, 2012 at 12:40pm
    A comment titled: 8 point in response to a report titled: 'Let The Smoke Roll'

    Congratulations on a good looking Alamance County deer. I live and hunt in Alamance County myself. What part of the county do you hunt?

    November 06, 2012 at 7:03pm
    A comment titled: Look Closely in response to a report titled: Look Closely

    Thanks Jager. I'm waiting for muzzleloader, birthday gift from my wife.

    October 17, 2012 at 7:27pm
    A comment titled: Muzzleloader Buck in response to a report titled: My son will go next time!

    That is great healthy looking buck. Congrats.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:29am
    A comment titled: Brute in response to a report titled: brute 8 pointer

    Brute doesn't even do this guy justice. What an awesome deer. Congratulations!

    October 10, 2012 at 3:22pm
    A comment titled: NICE!!! in response to a report titled: The Big Reward

    Congratulations on an awesome deer. I had the same experience 3 years ago. I can't really describe the feeling.

    September 28, 2012 at 7:28am
    A comment titled: G3s!!!!! in response to a report titled: big ten

    Holy smokes...Look at the G2s & G3s...Good looking buck...Good luck on him!

    September 28, 2012 at 6:24am
    A comment titled: Stud in response to a report titled: Nice deer

    Good luck on those boys. Buck number 1 is a freakin' stud...Hope it all works out.

    September 27, 2012 at 8:06pm
    A comment titled: WHOA!!! in response to a report titled: johnston county buck

    Whoa!!!That bad boy has to be 22' wide...Awesome, good luck with him!

    September 27, 2012 at 7:58pm
    A comment titled: Bucks in response to a report titled: Just a bunch a peas in a pod.

    @Viper...Thanks for doing that for me...I will figure out how to upload videos better next time...Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated...Thanks again and hopefully soon we will have some backstraps on the grill!

    September 27, 2012 at 7:55pm
    A comment titled: Equipment in response to a report titled: Just a bunch a peas in a pod.

    Hey guys, if you run across a 6' hare that attaches by a 3 point hitch, let me know. I have a smaller tractor that I want to start using on my plots, plus I can to some spots that are not accessible with the larger tractor. Thanks guys.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:49pm
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