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Old Jan 13th 2012, 08:23 AM   #1
 
  Apr 2011
  Kenosha, WI
Has anyone used the DNA darts from pneu-dart? What are your thoughts on them?
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Old Jan 13th 2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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I have not used them. If you can get your hands on the deer a couple of hairs from the root of the tale is all you need.
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Old Jan 13th 2012, 11:29 AM   #3
 
  Apr 2011
  Kenosha, WI
Are you sending your hairs to your vet, or directly to the registry?
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Old Jan 13th 2012, 01:39 PM   #4
 
  May 2011
  Fosston, MN
Directly to the registry
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Old Jan 13th 2012, 06:04 PM   #5
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Just call the registry you want to use and they will inform you of the requirements but basically put them in a paper envelope with the deers information and mail them to them.
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Old Jan 13th 2012, 07:13 PM   #6
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  upstate ny

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I know of guys that have used the darts and say they work great. Just thump then with the dart and it grabs and bounces off!!!! Send the dart to the lab with deer info and your all set!!
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Old Jan 13th 2012, 07:27 PM   #7
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  Chillicothe, Missouri
Be sure that there is a..............Tissue Sample in side of the barbed end of the dart sometimes they bounce off and don't get a sample. After you do get one,unscrew the metal tip place it in a small canister COMPLETELY full of rubbing alchohol tape the canister up from top to bottom so it won't leak and put it into a padded envelope and mail it in with all your information and credit card info and.....................TA.....DAH!!!!!!!
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Old Jan 13th 2012, 08:41 PM   #8
 
  Apr 2009
  Polk, PA located in west central pa
Why rubbing alchohol? what does that do?
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Old Jan 16th 2012, 06:43 AM   #9
 
  Jan 2012
  western Pa
I'm curious too...Why the alcohol?
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Old Jan 16th 2012, 05:56 PM   #10
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You are collecting a fresh tissue sample to be sent in in order to keep it fresh for testing you place that sample in the alcohol to ship it in.
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Old Jan 17th 2012, 09:46 AM   #11
 
  Apr 2009
  Nelson, BC
You can dry the sample out in the oven as well. Just till the moisture is gone, then place it in a paper envelope. Then you don't have to use alcohol which has a tendency to leak out anyway causing the sample to rot halfway here. It also saves you the trouble of shipping 'dangerous goods' since alcohol is flammable.



This is the method we always recommend.



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Old Jan 17th 2012, 12:18 PM   #12
 
  Apr 2009
  Polk, PA located in west central pa
Thanks for the info Renee. Makes good sense to do it that way.
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Old Jan 17th 2012, 01:22 PM   #13
 
  May 2010
  Kinmundy Illinois
How about drawing blood and sending that in. That was what I had plan's to do. I have to put every animal I own down in march for TB / BC test and was going to have the vet draw blood on all animal's that I have that have not been dna'ed yet. On my fawn's I will pull hair at birth when tagging and giving shot's.
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Old Jan 17th 2012, 03:41 PM   #14
 
  Jan 2012
  Tionesta PA
Hello, I just wanted to share that while attending OSU farmed deer program last fall I had the opportunity to listen to Dr Brandt Cassidy (laboratory director of DNA Solutions) on collecting DNA samples. He gave examples of collection methods:

-Hair sample (must contain roots) in a paper envelop

-Antler core sample (drilled from hard antler) in a plastic Ziploc bag

-fresh tissue kept cold/frozen or in 70% alcohol

-Semen straws can be used but must contain semen or cotten plug

I guess you can get DNA from all cells including cells of mucle, bone, White blood cells, skin cells, hair roots, and teeth.

Myself I collected hair samples becuase they were easy to get, easy to store,and easy to ship. Also, I kept an extra hair sample in each deers file for future reference. That may be easier for you than messing with blood, Since they will be down anyway.

Hope this helps and have a great day!
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Old Jan 18th 2012, 08:50 AM   #15
 
  Apr 2009
  Nelson, BC
That is correct Troy, hair is the easiest to collect, ship and store. That is the way I would go if I had the option.



If you have a blood sample you would like to use, rather than shipping a vial of blood just dip or rub a cotton swab in the blood let it dry and place it in a paper envelope.



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