FLINT (WJRT) - (11/14/17) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters the importance of deer checks as hunters head out Wednesday for the start of firearm deer hunting season.
Checking in deer helps DNR with information like what hunters are harvesting and also the overall health of the deer, especially when it comes to Chronic Wasting disease.
Chronic Wasting disease is a contagious neurological disease that affects deer and elk.
The disease causes a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death, according to the Michigan DNR web site.
"it helps us get samples, if folks want to donate their heads, to know if that disease is spreading, where it's showing up, it gives us a really good baseline to kind of build that model of where the disease is, where it's moving -- it helps us be a little more proactive approach to where we should be focusing our collections," said Michigan DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremiah Izheise.
The Michigan DNR says deer check sites across the state will be open 7 days a week during the season and most locations will be open 8:00-4:00 p.m.