In addition to the state check points to test for chronic wasting disease, hunters have a couple other options.

Both would provide speedier test results.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will take samples from about 2,000 deer -- 460 for four zones and another 500 to 1,000 from northwest Kansas where the disease has been found in three of the last four years.

But results from the state samples are slow in being returned, as they are tested as time allows at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Tests shown to be positive there are then sent on for confirmation in Ames, Iowa.

Last year, it was March before all of the samples were tested at K-State.

Hunters wanting to know the outcome of tests faster have two other options.

They can either take deer to a veterinarian who can then extract the sample and send it along for testing. Or, hunters can take their own sample and then submit it individually to K-State.

In either case, the lab fee is $32, plus shipping charges. A veterinarian would add his own fee to that test cost.

* Mike Corn, HDN