Addressing conservation challenges, such as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), requires the active involvement of those with a passion for Mississippi’s rich natural resources. A primary goal of CWD response and management efforts is to determine the geographic extent and prevalence of the disease. MDWFP asks hunters to aid in this effort by submitting deer for testing during the white-tailed deer hunting season. Further, hunters and landowners can help monitor for CWD by actively looking for and reporting potential diseased or sick deer.
The test used to determine the presence of CWD requires a portion of the deer’s brainstem or lymph nodes. Harvested animals should remain cool until testing to reduce decomposition and provide accurate results.
As a way to say thank you to hunters for doing their part, the Foundation for the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is sponsoring a CWD Prize Raffle this hunting season.
For every sample submitted before February 15, the submitter’s name will automatically be placed in the drawing for one of three cash prizes. No additional action is needed to be entered into the raffle. The first name drawn will receive $1,000, the second and third names drawn will each receive $500.
Each CWD sample submitted is an additional entry into the raffle. The winners will be drawn at random after February 15.
For more information about submitting, visit www.mdwfp.com/wildlife-hunting/chronic-wasting-disease/sample-collection/.