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Old 09-23-2004, 07:30 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Attention Illinois Bow Hunters

Looks like our wonderful IL DNR cannot afford to test for CWD this year in Winnebago County, they will only be testing in the following counties.

Please read carefully and please respond, via E-mail to Paul Shelton (DNR Manager)Paul Shelton . I feel this is unaccceptable for the DNR to not utilize the bowhunters to help this cause. Furthermore to not even test our deer before consumption is a damn shame!

Dave,
We will only be able to accomplish very limited CWD sampling during the
archery season this year, due to lack of funding. As a result, we only
have a single site where hunters can drop of a deer head for testing.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. I have included a
copy of the news release below which provides the details. As to the
"new rule coming soon" statement on the website, it concerns regulations
that have already come and gone - it is long out-of-date and should have
been removed.

Paul Shelton, Manager
Forest Wildlife Program

NEWS RELEASE

During this year's archery deer hunting season, the Illinois
Department of Natural Resource (IDNR) will be testing adult white-tailed
deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from Kane, Lake and McHenry
Counties. Adult deer of either sex will be tested for free. This
monitoring program will help determine the distribution of this disease
in Illinois white-tailed deer. Currently in Illinois, CWD has been
found in Boone, DeKalb, McHenry and Winnebago Counties.

Hunters who are interested in participating in this voluntary program
can have their deer tested free of charge, and should follow the
following instructions. Hunters can submit one or more adult deer for
CWD testing. Deer should be checked in at an official Illinois
Department of Natural Resources archery deer check station for the
county where the deer was harvested. The deer's head should be
removed so the two vertebrae nearest the skull are still attached to the
skull. The head should be placed in a strong plastic bag and kept cool
until the hunter delivers it to the dropped off site. The head should
be stored on ice or refrigerated. The head should not be frozen.
Tissue samples cannot be taken from heads refrigerated more than three
days. IDNR will remove brain tissue for analysis at a pathology
laboratory.

The drop-off site is the main office at the Chain 'O Lakes State
Park, 8916 Wilmot Road Spring Grove, Illinois 60081. The drop off site
will be open October 1 through November 17, 2004 on Sunday through
Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Samples should not be dropped off on
Friday or Saturday.

IDNR appreciates hunters assistance with this very important wildlife
disease surveillance program.



>>> "Dave Taylor (Rkfd)" <datayl@woodward.com> 9/21/04 11:44:11 AM >>>
Hello IL DNR,
Am I missing something because I can't find any info on how and
where the DNR plans to test Archery deer this year?The season opens in
10 days....whats up? Also, what is the "NEW RULE COMING SOON" that's
been on the site for ever?

Thanks,

Dave Taylor

Last edited by Sportsman; 10-08-2004 at 11:24 AM. Reason: Add E-mail address for Paul Shelton
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Old 09-24-2004, 07:01 AM   #2
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Default That is interesting

If I am right wasn't the CWD the most important issue in the hunting of deer and the preservationof our deer mangement?
I have had them do there testing on the best property you could ask to hunt,they took 8 deer,who know what...
Now they don't have enough money to even see if we will even know if Illinios has a CWD problem?
I smell fish.......
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Old 10-08-2004, 11:23 AM   #3
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Thumbs up Anyone concerned about getting deer tested for CWD?

Or are there not many Northern Illinios bow hunters in here?

This came from the DNR, they are working with the local meet lockers to collect samples of deer for CWD.

All of these are in Winnebago County I believe. I had a friend call Pinnons(Fulton Ave., Rockford) to see if they could check his deer yet. They said yes and it was free, just bring them the head! Anyway the meat lockers are supposed to be taking samples and sending them in for testing. Pinnons for sure, you might want to call the other ones.

Still unsure of the turnaround though...waiting for federal funds but at least they are trying.

"These lockers are Eickman's, Smokehouse Meats, Bryans Trade-rite, and Pinons. Some of these may be misspelled. However, as I said
earlier, the turnaround time for testing is currently unknown -
although the samples are being collected, the actual tests cannot be run until
Federal funding comes through to pay for the testing."
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Old 10-09-2004, 11:20 AM   #4
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Old 10-13-2004, 09:21 PM   #5
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Default Good

I thought I would try the smokehouse this year,I heard nothing but good things of the last 2 years.
I want to be the first human to contact CWD,If I keep having the season I am having,I won't have to worry about a thing.
Its early I should keep my hopes up,I will try again tomorrow.
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