New guidelines will help protect Michigan hunting

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LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey on Friday announced that new cervid importation regulations will help protect the state’s deer population and safeguard our hunting tradition.

“Michigan has a rich hunting heritage,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “These guidelines have been put in place for the protection and health of these herds.”

To help keep potential cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from unintentionally being brought into Michigan, hunters who harvest a cervid (deer, moose or elk) in any other state or province can only import certain parts, such as hides, deboned meat, quarters, finished taxidermy products, cleaned teeth and antlers.

CWD is a fatal, contagious neurological disease. In 2015, a free-ranging deer in mid-Michigan tested positive for CWD.

Since that discovery, nine animals have tested positive for the disease. The state has taken constructive steps to help contain this threat. Those hunting in Michigan within areas where CWD has been found must follow specific regulations as well.

For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/cwd.