Indiana DNR has launched a new website allowing deer hunters to access white-tailed deer harvest data as it is accumulated by the state.
During the check-in process, hunters report the county of harvest, sex of deer harvested, type of land the deer was harvested on, and type of equipment used to harvest deer. This data can now be accessed and viewed by individuals using an interactive website. Visitors to the website can compare individual or multiple counties across the past five years. Results can even be limited to specific types of equipment or deer seasons.
A 2-year-old, hunter-harvested doe from Michigan’s Hamilton Township, in Gratiot County, recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease – the second confirmed CWD-positive wild deer from that county. The Michigan DNR said that tissue samples were sent to the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for confirmation.
Gratiot County’s first CWD-positive deer was discovered in late 2018. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, elk and moose. To date, the disease also has been confirmed in Clinton, Dickinson, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kent and Montcalm counties.
Hunters can help monitor deer populations in northwest and northeast Indiana for chronic wasting disease (CWD) by voluntarily submitting harvested deer to the DNR for testing during the 2019-20 deer hunting season.
For doing so, participants will receive a commemorative 2019 Deer Management Partner magnet and a metal tag reminiscent of historical confirmation tags as tokens of appreciation.
Surveillance involves collecting lymph nodes from the neck of hunter-harvested deer and submitting those samples for diagnostic testing. During opening weekend of firearms season (Nov. 16 and 17), biologists will operate sampling stations to collect lymph nodes from deer harvested within the CWD surveillance area. The surveillance area includes Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, and Starke counties in northwest Indiana, and Dekalb, LaGrange, Noble, and Steuben counties in northeast Indiana. Sampling stations will be located at DNR fish & wildlife areas (FWAs) and cooperating businesses in the 11-county surveillance area.