Mule Deer Hunting in Alaska
Hunters who harvest a mule deer are encouraged to provide samples to a local ADF&G office for testing. Providing samples helps ADF&G learn more about these animals and conduct disease surveillance.
Samples to Submit
Head, with brain intact*: Chilled, not frozen.
Heart with lungs attached: Chilled, not frozen.
Fecal sample: 1/4 cup of pellets.
* Indicates most vital sample to submit.
Questions About Disease Transmission
The reason ADF&G is requesting harvested mule and white-tailed deer samples to be turned into a local ADF&G office for testing for the following pathogens:
- Moose Winter Tick
- Brain Worm, also known as "Moose Sickness"
- Chronic Wasting Disease
- Adenoviral Hemorrhagic Disease
- Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, and Bluetongue
- Large stomach worm, giant liver fluke, demodectic mange, ear mites and others.