In Montana, more than 100 deer harvested in first weekend of special CWD hunt

Mule deer brought in for sampling Jan. 8-14 at the check station in Chester numbered 11 bucks and 23 does. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

BILLINGS, Mont. — Hunters harvested at least 107 deer in Carbon County over the weekend to kick off a special hunt to gather data on chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in south central Montana.

The deer brought to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ check station at Joliet during the first three days of the special season, included 73 mule deer and 34 white-tailed deer. The season opened Friday, Dec. 15. It will run through Feb. 15, unless hunters fill a quota of 200 deer of each species before that date.

The special hunt is designed to gather information about the distribution and prevalence of CWD in deer in an area of Carbon County where six deer harvested during the 2017 general big-game season tested positive for the disease. Hunters are required to submit their harvested deer to FWP within three days either at a check station at Joliet or at FWP’s Region 5 headquarters in Billings Heights. The Joliet check station is open every day except Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Region 5 headquarters is open during normal business hours.

Results of testing on small tissue samples taken from harvested deer are expected in two to three weeks.

For more information about CWD and the special hunt, click here.

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