JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Fall has finally arrived, which means deer season is here in Region 8.
But before heading out to the woods, it's important to know your area's regulations, especially as many of them are in place to stop the spread of a deadly disease found in deer.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be hosting deer processing workshops in northern Arkansas the first week of October.
The focus of these workshops will be controlling the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.
Chronic Wasting Disease is spread through live deer, as well as through animal remains long after the death of the animal.
This makes it necessary for hunters to know how to properly dress, debone, and transport their deer in a way that contains the disease.
Steve Dunlap, the AGFC regional education coordinator, said that the workshops will cover current regulations as well as how to dispose of carcasses in a way that complies with the CWD rules.
Workshops will be held at the following locations and times:
- 6 p.m., Oct. 6 – Charlie Craig Fish Hatchery, 977 West Fish Hatchery Road, Centerton
- 9 a.m., Oct. 8 – Fred Berry Conservation Education Center on Crooked Creek, 851 Conservation Lane, Yellville
- 9 a.m., Oct. 8 – Old Post Park (Picnic Area Pavilion 7) 1598 Lock and Dam Road, Russellville
- 10 a.m., Oct. 8 – Ponca Elk Education Center, Arkansas Highway 43, Ponca
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