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Parks and Wildlife asks hunters to check deer for wasting disease

by Taylor Nye

For the 2021 deer season, Texas Parks and Wildlife asks hunters to help manage Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is a fatal disease that has been discovered in white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, and red deer in localized portions of Texas. Although the disease cannot spread from animals to humans, hunters and their families are strongly encouraged not to eat meat from an infected animal.

To detect and manage this disease, the TPWD has designated CWD Zones. For those in Hopkins County, the nearest zones are in Hunt County. There are two stations in Hunt County, Quinlan and Terrell, and depending upon which part of Hopkins you reside in, you may be closer to one station than the other. The Quinlan station is staffed by TPWD rangers, and the Terrell station is a self-service dropbox. 

The Hunt County zone is bounded by the portion of the state lying within the boundaries of a line beginning at the intersection of S.H. 205 and U.S. Hwy. 80 in Kaufman County; thence east along U.S. 80 to North 4th Street in Wills Point in Van Zandt County; thence north along North 4th Street to F.M. 751; thence north along F.M. 751 to the south shoreline of Lake Tawakoni in Hunt County; thence west and north along the Lake Tawakoni shoreline to the confluence of Caddo Creek; thence northwest along Caddo Creek to West Caddo Creek; thence northwest along West Caddo Creek to I.H. 30; thence southwest along I.H. 30 to F.M. 548 in Rockwall County; thence southeast along F.M. 548 to S.H. 205 in Kaufman County; thence southeast along S.H. 205 to US Hwy. 80.

Operation times are: 

For more information, visit: https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/hunting/cwd/hunt-county-check-stations?fbclid=IwAR0IR4w8cP1fr_yJByyJGDSaZKw0Xe4ytp5WDhShomd3mcb4zapcvRESspY

Courtesy/ Texas Parks and Wildlife Division

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