DNR adds to deer check stations amid stepped-up CWD monitoring

DNR wildlife biologist Brian Roell gets ready to weigh a buck at the DNR office in Marquette. (Michigan DNR)

As part of its stepped-up chronic wasting disease monitoring efforts along the Michigan-Wisconsin border, the Michigan DNR will be operating new deer check stations in Wakefield and Watersmeet during the upcoming firearm deer hunting season.

The DNR’s Wakefield deer check station is located at 1405 East US-2, while the Watersmeet check station will be a temporary station set up at the Ottawa National Forest Visitors Center, located east of the Intersection of US-45 and US-2 on US-2.

Each of the stations will be open during some days during firearm deer hunting season which runs from Nov. 15-30.

The Wakefield and Watersmeet DNR check stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST Nov. 15-17, Nov. 20, Nov. 27 and Dec. 1. The stations will be closed Nov. 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 and 30.

Additional DNR deer check stations are located along the border at the DNR’s Crystal Falls (Iron County) and Norway (Dickinson County) field offices and Kuber’s Feed Mill, located 912 41st Avenue in Menominee (Menominee County).

For a complete listing and map of Michigan’s DNR deer check stations visit www.mi.gov/deercheck.

Chronic wasting disease, a neurological disease fatal to deer, elk and moose, has been found in several central Michigan counties in the Lower Peninsula. This deadly disease has also been found in Wisconsin, 30 miles from the Michigan border.

In addition to new regulations enacted recently to restrict the parts of deer, elk or moose that can be brought into Michigan from any other state or Canadian province, the penalties for doing so have also been increased.

The DNR encourages hunters to help “Keep the U.P. CWD Free” by minimizing carcass movement across Michigan, and practice proper carcass handling and disposal.

Since May 2015, 1,360 deer have been tested for CWD in Gogebic, Iron, Dickinson and Menominee counties. So far, there has been no finding of the disease in the U.P.

The DNR encourages hunters in CWD-free areas of the state, including the U.P., to have their deer voluntarily tested by bringing them to DNR check stations. Eleven check stations are available throughout the U.P.

The DNR is also working with taxidermists and meat processors in continued CWD surveillance efforts. Wildlife biologists continue to check roadkill deer and those harvested under crop damage permits for CWD.

Find out more at www.mi.gov/cwd.

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