REED CITY — The Department of Natural Resources has announced there will be an additional check station for hunters in Osceola County.

Wildlife technician Katie Keen said the check station will be available for hunters looking to age their deer and provide other biological data to get a successful deer hunter and deer management cooperator patch.

Keen said hunters can also submit their deer head for disease monitoring.

The new check station will start on Nov. 1 and is off U.S. 131 at Reed City, a half mile west of the U.S. 131 interchange. Hunters should look for posted signs.

It will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The site is also open the first weekend of firearm season Nov. 18 and 19. It will be close on state holidays with Nov. 10, Nov. 23-24 and Dec. 25-26..

Disease monitoring has increased due to a cow in the area testing positive for bovine tuberculosis, Keen said. Voluntarily bringing a deer or deer head to a check station for testing allows the DNR to track the prevalence of the disease in the population and informs hunters whether their deer has the disease.

Big Buck contest

Hunters are reminded to bring their bucks to The Pioneer offices at 115 North Michigan, Big Rapids, for the Big Buck contest. Contest hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except holidays during the combined deer hunting seasons, ending on Jan. 1. Hunters can also enter their bucks at Kelly's Processing, 19077 E 12 Mile Rd., Big Rapids, during business hours.