Illinois's deer hunting season gets under way Friday morning just before sunrise. But finding the biggest buck isn't the only thing on the minds of many stateline hunters.
A new hunting season is here, but with it, comes fears over Chronic Wasting Disease.
"It affects deer and elk. They drink a lot of water and become lethargic and listless," says Dennis Frichtl of the Illinois DNR police.
Last month roscoe was the site of Illinois’s first case of CWD. But to the north, Wisconsin has been battling an outbreak.
"I'm a meat eater and we don't know what it is so right now I will not eat it,” says Beloit hunter Kenny Howell.
A deer collection will be set up here during hunting season and at sites across Illinois where officials will push more hunters to test their harvested deer for the disease.
“The testing that we're doing, what we call surveying at the check stations is an attempt for us to make a determination as to how widespread if at all the disease is in this county,” adds Frichtl.
Residents are also warned not take the issue into their own hands and to call Natural Resource Officials if they think they see a deer effected by CWD.
Despite the threat of CWD, Illinois DNR reports that permit sales are steady.
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Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture contributed to this report.