Texas panhandle deer hunters better listen up.
In fairly breaking news coming out of the Lone Star State, Texas panhandle deer hunters will now be required to report their deer harvests to the Texas Parks and Wildlife division within 24 hours of harvest. Samples of the deer must also be provided for CWD testing.
This requirement does not impact the entire state, but only areas from Highway 60 and west of US 287. Test results should come back within two to three weeks if any deer submitted turns out to be infected with this deadly disease.
"You can leave this containment zone and surveillance zone, but you've got to come give us a sample first," said James Hoskins, a Texas wildlife biologist in an interview. "That way, if it comes back positive we can let you know that it's positive. Did you dispose of the head properly? Did you eat the meat?"
Starting on November 5th, two checkpoints will be established for hunters to turn in samples of their deer. One will be located in Dalhart, while the other one will be located in Vega.
Make sure you share this information with local Texas panhandle hunters, as we don't want anyone breaking the law inadvertently. Violations of this law will be strictly penalized.