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Some Hunted Deer Must be Tested for Brain Disease

Published: Nov. 4, 2015 at 6:10 PM EST
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There have been 10 cases of "chronic wasting disease" on record in Virginia and one of those is from right here in the Shenandoah Valley. The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has two dates coming up where if you hunt and kill a deer within a designated four-county area, you have to check it in at one of their authorized stations to get tested.

The department is keeping a close eye on Shenandoah, Clarke, Frederick and Warren counties.

Veterinarians say the disease affects the brain and makes the deer extremely thin and seem as if they are drunk, with their heads and legs wobbling. The first Virginia case was reported just six years ago. Hunting experts say CWD is likely terminal for deer, elk and moose.

"It can devastate a herd, it wipes them out, it's not a pretty sight at all," said Dubby Carr, a hunter and the owner of Dubby’s Fishing and Hunting. "Virginia just did a new law this year: you can not use real doe estrus --they're afraid some of these herds could potentially get CWD that can be transferred," said Carr. "They've got the synthetic stuff; it's been out for years and we're carrying one called Buck Wild."

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said there is no evidence the disease can spread to people or to animals like cats or dogs.

If you hunt and kill a deer on Nov. 14 or Nov. 21st, you have to have the deer tested for CWD at one of these locations:

1. Crossroads Grocery, 119 Cedar Grove Road, Winchester, VA .

(Rte. 522 north @ Chapel Hill Road; store is on the right)

2. T & R Processing, 691 Carpers Valley Road, Winchester, VA.

(Rte. 50 east, left on Carpers Valley Road, on the left at the Frederick-Clarke line)

3. Gore Grocery, 305 Gore Road, Gore, VA.

(Rte. 50 west, left on Gore Road, store on left)

4. Cather’s Market, 2765 Northwestern Pike, Winchester, VA.

(Rte. 50 west on left between Spinning Wheel Lane & Poorhouse Road)

5. Graden’s Supermarket, 6836 John Marshall Highway, Lebanon Church, VA.

(Exit 296 on I-81, take Rte. 55 west through Lebanon Church, store on right)

6. Cline’s Store, 19004 Senedo Road, Edinburg, VA (Formerly “Larkin’s Store”)

(Exit 283 on I-81, Rte. 42 south to just south of Columbia Furnace, store on left)

7. Clarke County Fairgrounds, 890 W Main St. Berryville, VA

(Exit 315 on I-81, take Rte. 7 east to W Main St., Fairgrounds entrance on left)

8. Town & Country Superette, 876 Conicville Road, Mt. Jackson, VA

(Rte 42 to Conicville Rd in Conicville)

9. Fort Valley Country Store, 7091 Fort Valley Road (678), Fort Valley, VA

(675 to 678 N, or 55/Strasburg Rd to 678 S)

10. Foodway Supermarket, 2868 Stonewall Jackson Highway, Bentonville, VA

(Interstate 66 to 340 S., stay on 340 S)

11. School House Market, 235 Rivermont Dr, Front Royal, VA

(Interstate 66 to 340 S., Right onto Rivermont Dr. / 619, go ~4mi, store on right)

Locations list provided by DGIF.

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