ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Firearms season for deer opens on Saturday, November 19 in Virginia. All deer harvested on Opening Day in Pulaski, Montgomery, Carroll, and Floyd Counties are required by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) to be checked for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
The disease has been found in those counties in the past. DWR wants to assess whether the disease is spreading so that action can be taken to halt or slow it.
Two testing stations have been set up in each county. Hunters who harvest deer on November 19 can take their deer to the following:
- Exxon/Circle K – 26 Airport Rd, Hillsville
- Cana Volunteer Fire Dept. – 4235 Flower Gap Rd, Cana
- Floyd Express Market – 609 E. Main St., Floyd
- Willis Village Market – 5602 Floyd Highway S., Willis
- Office building at 2206 S. Main St., Blacksburg
- Shell Station – 4330 Riner Rd., Riner
- New River State Park, Dora Junction – From I-81, take State Route 99 west for 2 miles. Turn right on Xaloy Way and sample station will be on left.
- New River Valley Fairgrounds – 5581 Fairgrounds Cir., Dublin
While there have been no known cases of CWD being transmitted to humans, there has been research that shows CWD transmission is possible to other primates like monkeys. That is why detection is important to prevent exposure to people. Wildlife and health experts also say if a deer test positive it should not be eaten. More research needs to be done to definitively determine if there is a threat to people.