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Texas hunters can assist with state monitoring chronic wasting disease

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department harvest collection sites opening

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SAN ANTONIO – Texas hunters can assist with the statewide monitoring of chronic wasting disease this fall by voluntarily dropping of harvested deer or harvest deer heads to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department collections sites.

Click here for a list of harvest collection sites.

Additionally, biologists will be conducting localized sampling at various sites throughout the season. Click here for more information.

The department has a goal of collecting 8,000 hunter-harvested deer during the 2015-16 deer season. General deer hunting begins Nov. 7.

The Parks and Wildlife Department said it prefers to collect the tissue samples within 24 hours of harvest. If this cannot be done, hunters are asked to chill the samples soon after harvest and keep them chilled until drop off.

Samples will be submitted to the Texas A&M Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. Test results should be made available to the hunter within 3 to 4 weeks.