Hunters Encouraged To Bring Deer To Checking Stations On Nov. 4 And 18

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be collecting deer biological data on the opening day of muzzleloader season, Nov. 4 and the opening day of the rifle season, Nov. 18, at various locations across East Tennessee.  Data to be collected will include deer age estimates, antler measurements, and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance samples at select locations. 

With the advent of internet checking and the “TWRA On The Go” mobile device application, fewer hunters are physically bringing deer to traditional checking stations. These newer methods for big game checking have made the process easier for hunters, but more difficult for TWRA to collect much needed data from harvested animals. 

The data collected is important in aiding TWRA’s deer management decisions across the state.  Many times, deer management recommendations and decisions are made using data collected from hunters and it is especially important when any buck restrictions are being considered.  This also provides the opportunity to test deer for the presence of a neurological disease known as CWD, which is atransmissible spongiform encephalopathy known to infect white-tailed deer, mule deer, and Rocky Mountain elk.  The disease attacks the central nervous system causing small holes to form in the brains of infected animals and is always fatal.  While CWD is similar to Scrapie and mad cow disease in cattle, there is no evidence that humans can contract the disease by coming into contact with or by consuming the meat from infected animals.  However, TWRA still recommends that hunters take precautions to limit risks, including the use of latex gloves when field dressing deer.

Fortunately, CWD has not been detected in Tennessee but TWRA is increasing its monitoring program to ensure that the disease has not been introduced into the state.  As in the past, TWRA intends to collect 1,500 samples this year.  To date, 102 free-ranging elk and 11,381 free-ranging deer have been tested for the disease in the state with all the results coming back negative. 

Hunters are also reminded of importation restrictions for cervids including deer, moose, and elk carcasses from any state that has found a positive case of CWD.  Carcasses and other cervid parts from the CWD-positive states that may be brought into or possessed in Tennessee include:

·      Meat that has bones removed

·      Antlers, antlers attached to clean skull plates, or cleaned skulls (no meat or tissues)

·      Cleaned teeth

·      Finished taxidermy, hides and tanned products

A list of states and Canadian provinces that are included in the restriction can be found at http://www.tn.gov/twra/article/cwd-carcass-importation-restrictions

TWRA Agents will be present at the following locations for deer data collection, and checking stations that will be collecting CWD samples are marked with an X:

County

Location

Address

Nov. 4

Nov. 18

Anderson

Adams Taxidermy

102 Shipe Rd, Powell

X

X

Campbell

Valley Meats

507 Knoxville Hollow Rd, LaFollette

X

X

Campbell

North Cumberland WMA Station

Main St., Caryville, TN Exit 134 off I-75

X

X

Carter

H and H Market

106 Nave Hollow Loop, Elizabethton

X

X

Carter

Gap Creek Custom Market

3017 Gap Creek Road Hampton

X

X

Claiborne

Cunningham’s Slaughter House

860 Cedar Fork Rd., Tazewell

X

X

Jefferson

Two Bucks Processing

1320 Ralph Jones Way, Dandridge

 

X

Greene

Snapps Ferry Packing Co.

5900 Andrew Johnson Hwy E, Greeneville

X

X

Hamblen

Buckeyes Custom Meat

3005 Musser Road, Morristown

X

X

Hamblen

Bulls Gap Custom Meats

282 Ladrew Lane, Bulls Gap

X

X

Loudon

Rick Hill Taxidermy & Processing

695 Smith Valley Road, Lenoir City

X

X


For more information about checking stations in East Tennessee, contact TWRA Biologist Sterling Daniels at 423-522-2445 or 
Sterling.Daniels@tn.gov.



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