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Arkansas CWD surveillance work grabs national attention

BY Randy Zellers

ON 11-24-2021


Nov. 24, 2021

Randy Zellers

Assistant Chief of Communications

WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON — Chronic wasting disease was first detected in Arkansas in 2016, and since that time the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has worked tirelessly to map out exactly where the disease may have spread throughout The Natural State. Dr. Jenn Ballard recently joined radio host John Kruse on his nationally syndicated show, America Outdoors Radio, to explain some of the revolutionary techniques the AGFC has used to monitor this serious deer disease.

In addition to free CWD testing, available throughout the state through a network of drop-off locations as well as participating taxidermists, the AGFC has worked with the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation to offer a free Resident Sportsman’s Lifetime Combination License and Permit to two hunters, randomly selected from those who submit a sample.

The drawing for the two gift certificates will be conducted after the 2021-22 deer hunting season has concluded. Winners will be selected from all hunters who submit a sample, regardless of the test results. Hunters who submit multiple deer for testing will have increased chances of being selected. AGFC employees and immediate families are ineligible to win.

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For more information on CWD, testing locations and news about the AGFC’s efforts tracking and trying to slow the spread of this disease, visit

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