Mule Deer Hunting in Alaska
Harvest Reporting

Hunters who harvest a mule deer are encouraged to provide samples to a local ADF&G office for testing. Providing samples helps ADF&G learn more about these animals and conduct disease surveillance.

Mule deer in winter

Samples to Submit

Head, with brain intact*: Chilled, not frozen.
Heart with lungs attached: Chilled, not frozen.
Whole liver
1 Hoof
Fecal sample: 1/4 cup of pellets.

* Indicates most vital sample to submit.

Questions About Disease Transmission

The reason ADF&G is requesting harvested mule and white-tailed deer samples to be turned into a local ADF&G office for testing for the following pathogens:

  • Moose Winter Tick
  • Brain Worm, also known as "Moose Sickness"
  • Chronic Wasting Disease
  • Adenoviral Hemorrhagic Disease
  • Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, and Bluetongue
  • Large stomach worm, giant liver fluke, demodectic mange, ear mites and others.