I want out: Deer will be collected for MDC tests – Salisbury Post
By Dan Kibler
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has released the sites where deer heads will be collected this season for testing for chronic wasting disease in eight counties in northwestern North Carolina.
Hunters in the primary surveillance area and secondary surveillance area around a location in northern Yadkin County where two CWD-positive deer have been discovered in the past 10 months will be required to submit tissue samples for testing during deer black powder season (Nov 5-18) and the first 9 days of gun season (Nov 19-27). Additionally, hunters may voluntarily submit a tissue sample from any deer shot during any part of the 2021-22 season.
A total of 17 taxidermists and deer processors will be accepting samples in Stokes, Surrey, Forsyth, Davie, Yadkin and parts of Wilkes, Alleghany and Iredell counties. In addition, the commission has located 15 other freezers in those counties where hunters can submit samples: your deer’s head, bagged and left with a completed data tag, which is provided. Freezers will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; processors and taxidermists will accept deer samples on different schedules.
This season, it will be illegal to transport parts of deer killed in SSA areas out of these areas, with some exceptions noted on the commission’s website (www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/Chronic-Wasting-Disease/Get -My- In addition, it will be illegal to transport parts of deer killed in the PSA (an approximate 5 mile radius circle of the area where the two infected deer were killed) into the SSA without the head removed. or double bagged and taken directly to a CWD cooperator in Yadkin or Surry counties.
Here are the meat processors and taxidermists who will accept samples:
• Alleghany Meat Center, 2440 US 21, Sparta, 336-602-4808
• Wilson Taxidermy, 2539 S. Center Church Road, Thurmond, 336-835-1187
• D&D Taxidermy, 2206 Pardue Circle, Ronda, 336-957-6675
• Reavis Skull Works, 176 Pennington Road, North Wilkesboro, 336-469-1357
• Knight’s Taxidermy, 1203 Walter Summers Road, Westfield, 336-403-0473
• Arrowhead Taxidermy, 1105 Woodbury Road, King, 336-970-0298
• Hilltop Deer Processing, 1030 Hilltop Farm Road, Walnut Cove
• Rich Dobson Taxidermy, 128 Forest Oaks Dr., Dobson, 336-401-0356
• One for the Wall Taxidermy, 381 Rock Hill Church Road, Ararat, 336-374-8655
• Woman’s Touch Taxidermy, 1185 Bryant Mill Dr., Ararat, 336-648-2140
• Animal Tracks Taxidermy, 107 McCoy St., Kernersville, 336-399-7200
• Renigar’s Taxidermy, 725 Rolling Court, Kernersville, 336-473-3794
• Farmington Meat Processing, 135 Nikkis Way, Farmington, 336-998-7092
• Mike’s Processing, 155 Hog Jam Dr., Statesville, 704-873-0386
• Wild America Taxidermy & Deer Processing, 301 Oak Hollow Road, Union Grove, 704-929-2341
• Gary Myers Taxidermy, 2152 Flint Hill Road, East Bend, 336-712-5952
• Fisher Farms Processing, 4225 Old US 421 E., Yadkinville, 336-469-3680
• Swaim Skull Mounts, 1306 Lone Hickory Road, Yadkinville, 336-468-0750
Here are the locations where freezers will be available for sample drops:
• Glade Valley Market and Grill, 4580 US 21 South, Glade Valley
• Mountain View Hardware Store, 4511 Rock Creek Road, Hays
• Francisco VFD, 7100 N. 89 West, Westfield
• Betty’s Outdoors, 3701 NC 89 East, Walnut Cove
• Devotion, 110 Devotion Estate Way, Dobson
• New Earth Company, 475 CC Camp Road, Elkin
• Robby’s, 457 N. Main St., Mount Airy
• Red Oak Outfitter, 108 Lola Lane, Pilot Mountain
• Siloam Recycling Centre, 116 Hamilton Way, Siloam
• Webster Brothers Hardware Store, 2700 Hwy. 66 Walkerville
• Archery Drop Tine, 100 Webb Way, Advance
• Richmond Hill Nature Park, 4641 Law School Road, East Bend
• Rockford General Store, 104 Old Rockford Road, Rockford
• Yadkinville Shell, 700 S. State Street, Yadkinville
Chronic wasting disease is a communicable neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer and other cervids, including elk, moose and caribou. It’s always deadly. It is transmitted through bodily fluids.
State record swordfish confirmed
It’s truly been a year for state record saltwater fish, the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries recently certified another monster – this time, a state record swordfish.
Newport’s Cary Carney took the 504-pound, 8-ounce fish about 55 miles off Morehead City on August 21. He was fishing aboard the Willow B, captained by his son, Brandon. The fish came out of 1,300 feet of water.
Carney’s fish was 104 inches long (fork length) and had a girth of 53 inches when weighed at EJW Outdoors in Morehead City.
Carney used the albacore belly as bait and was fishing a 6ft Crowder DDS80 rod paired with a Daiwa MP3000 reel loaded with a 65lb test. The reel is normally used for deep bottom fishing and is powered by an electric motor, but Carney hand cast the fish because the reel had a blown fuse. The fish would not have been eligible for a state record had Carney used the reel’s electric motor feature.