Countdown to deer opening day

Posted: November 7, 2017 at 1 a.m.

The antlers of a buck are covered in velvet during early fall. The velvet carries nutrition to antlers as they develop. Deer rub the velvet off by mid-autumn.

It's the big one, the day when almost every hunter with a license in his pocket steps quietly into the woods.

Deer in the headlights

November is deer mating season, and the month motorists are most likely to hit a deer, said Joe Huggins with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

He advises travelers to be on the lookout for deer standing on road sides that might bolt into the roadway. Be especially vigilant and slow down early morninsg and evenings when deer roam the most.

Source: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

CWD testing

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will test harvested deer for chronic wasting disease Saturday and Sunday at several locations in the 11-county disease management zone. Results are available in a few weeks.

Northwest Arkansas testing sights include: Madison County Wildlife Management Area headquarters, Forum; Combs Store and Cafe, Arkansas 16, Combs; AmeriGas office, U.S. 62, Berryville; Osage Clay Works, Arkansas 103, Osage; Arkansas Forestry Commission, Western Grove; National Park Service maintenance shop, Marble Falls; U.S. Forest Service office, Arkansas 16, Deer.

Source: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

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