The DNR has expanded the CWD (chronic wasting disease) Management Zone for deer hunting to include all of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties, as well as all of Ionia County. And according to, the Core CWD Area now includes 17 townships in  Ingham, Clinton, Shiawassee and Eaton counties.

What this means is that the head of any deer killed in the "Core CWD Area" HAS to go to a DNR check station within 72 hours. It's not mandatory, but "encouraged" for any deer head taken in the "management zone". And if you want to salvage a roadkilled deer in any of those areas, it needs to be checked by the DNR.

And of course, baiting (or feeding) in those areas is prohibited this year.

Since May 2015, seven deer have tested positive for CWD in Ingham and Clinton counties.

Here's the story - with a list of the Core CWD Townships.


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