When he’s not tending to his congregation at the United Pentecostal Church in Bourbon, Ind., Pastor Mark Cottrill is deer hunting.
He has shot his share of deer during the 30-plus years he’s been hunting Indiana, but his experience Oct. 27 was one that few hunters can claim.
Unlike some hunters who prefer hunting from a tree stand, Cottrill likes sitting on the ground.
As he looked at the dead deer from where he was sitting, he noticed his arrow protruded from the deer’s neck.
But when he approached the dead deer, he found the arrow stuck in the neck of the smaller of the two and that the entire arrow was bloodied.
“I knew then my arrow must have passed through the bigger deer and hit the smaller one,” he said.
Part of the fun in deer hunting, he added, is that you never know what you’re going to see or do.
Deer testingThe Indiana DNR will set up additional disease check stations in northeast and northwest Indiana this weekend to sample hunter-harvested deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
CWD sampling involves removing lymph nodes from the deer’s neck just below the head.
Any deer harvested within the CWD surveillance areas that are 1.5 years or older can be tested.
Hunters interested in submitting deer harvested outside the current surveillance areas for CWD testing are now able to submit samples directly to Purdue’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) for a fee.
Although it has been associated with captive deer and elk in the past, CWD is also found in free-ranging white-tailed deer in several Midwestern states close to Indiana, including Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.
To date, all deer samples in Indiana have tested negative for CWD.
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