Although CWD has not been found in Tennessee, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will hold biological data collection checking stations locally this weekend.
Local checking stations will be held at Jeff’s Market, Highway 64 East; Parsley’s #2, located on Highway 231 North; Fritz’s Market, Highway 431 North; and Coldwater Grocery, Highway 274 South. Checking stations will be open Saturday and Sunday.
“Hunters are encouraged to check in their deer at these locations to help TWRA to collect valuable data on age, herd health and antler size of our Lincoln County deer heard,” said Leith Konyndyk, TWRA officer. “Data is needed from both bucks and does.”
If you check in your deer elsewhere and still want to know your deer’s age or weight, bring it to one of these locations, the officer said.
“Deer brought to these checking station will be used, on a voluntary basis, to test for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD),” he explained. “CWD is a disease that has been found in deer in the West and Mid-West that affects the deer’s nervous system and causes their death.
“CWD has not been found in Tennessee,” he noted. “CWD has not been linked to humans.”
The test requires the donation of the head of the deer, but the skullcap with antlers may be removed and taken by the hunter. The head and antlers must be removed by a TWRA biologist at the checking station to insure a proper sample size.
“TWRA asks that you help with testing for CWD by donating your deer head to ensure the future health of our Lincoln County deer herd.”