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!
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that have already come and gone - it is long out-of-date and should have
Paul Shelton, Manager
Forest Wildlife Program
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
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)" <email@example.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?