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"Heather, why does Game and Fish have hunter check stations?"

Check stations serve several important roles. The main purpose of hunter check stations is to collect biological data such as age, gender, and health data from harvested animals and answer questions from the public. This information is used by wildlife managers to make decisions about future hunting seasons and other management decisions. Disease sampling is also very important at some hunter check stations. Various blood and tissue samples are taken with a hunter's permission to gain knowledge about the presence and prevalence of wildlife diseases like chronic wasting disease and brucellosis. We also use them to check hunters for compliance with hunting laws and regulations. Game and Fish gives and receives meaningful information at check stations and we are very appreciative of the extra time hunters take to chat!

Heather O'Brien
Casper biologist

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