Licenses for a special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) hunt on the northern border of Montana go on sale December 26.

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the Sage Creek Special CWD Hunt to try to determine the size of the CWD outbreak. A single mule deer buck was found to be infected with CWD during the recent hunting season. Special licenses go on sale online and at license providers. Two types of licenses - 60 will be for either sex and 275 for antlerless mule deer.

This is a separate hunt from the current special CWD hunt south of Laurel, where 6 deer have been found with chronic wasting disease.

The special hunt will allow 335 hunters to harvest up to 135 mule deer between January 6 and February 15. Once the quota is reached, the hunt will stop. All harvested deer will be checked for the disease. All deer must be brought to the Sage Creek check station in hunting district 401, north of Chester, Montana.

Each hunter should get a hunt packet, which includes a map and rules for the hunt. Check online or you can drop by the FWP office in Havre, the check station at the Sage Creek Hutterite Colony or the FWP Region 4 office in Great Falls.

The hunt is mostly on private land and hunters will have to gain permission to hunt on those lands.

CWD is a progressive, fatal neurological disease the affects deer, elk and moose.

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