Ask Eddie - Chronic Wasting Disease

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Updated: 11/01/2013 10:19 am
If you are a Texas hunter planning to harvest a mule deer this season then you may want to pay attention to these special sampling guidelines ordered by Texas Parks and Wildlife. 

Our Eddie Griffis explains.

"As we are in deer hunting season, mule deer hunters reminded of chronic wasting disease testing requirements," Eddie Griffis said. "Officials are reminding mule deer hunters in West Texas to make sure chronic wasting disease has not developed in their part of the country. CWD testing requirements developed as part of a management by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife the management was implemented after the first two cases of CWD were detected in Texas in the summer of 2012. CWD was detected in tissue samples from two mule deer in West Texas. The plan includes mandatory check stations for harvested mule deer taken inside the CWD containment zone. Portions of West Texas and El Paso counties are included in the containment zone. Those hunting inside the containment zone are required to submit their harvest within 24 hours for CWD sampling. Again, if you're a mule deer hunter out there the general mule deer hunting season will run from November 29 through December 15, so be aware of chronic wasting disease."

For more information for the producer and consumer be sure to catch Eddie weekdays on West Texas Ag Life starting at 1 p.m. on AM 950, 100.7 FM. 

Also if you have any questions or comments be sure to send those to Eddie at agday@fox34.com. 
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