As deer season approaches, Kaufman County hunters need to be aware of a new requirement. Because of the neurological disease in deer found in this region of Texas called Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), hunters who harvest mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, red deer, or other CWD susceptible species within the Trans-Pecos, Panhandle, and South-Central Texas CWD Containment and Surveillance Zones are REQUIRED to bring their animals to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) check station within 48 hours of harvest. There will be two check stations for the Hunt/Kaufman/Rockwall/Van Zandt Counties. Dates and times are below.
There is a staffed check station in Quinlan at 3381 SH 276 West, located in the parking lot behind Exxon Gas and More St. and a 24-hour self-serve drop box located in Terrell at 1738 N. Frances St. at Gorman’s Meat Market.
Hours for the staffed location in Quinlan are:
October 2 – November 5 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
November 6- 28 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays
November 29 – January 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
January 17 – February 28 – call to arrange for deer to be sampled
Closed on November 25, December 24 (12 p.m.), December 25 (12 p.m.) and January 1
The 24 hour self-serve drop box in Terrell is available October 2 – February 28, 2022.
NOTE: If bringing a quartered animal and the associated head to a check station, be sure to remove the head from the carcass 2 to 3 vertebrae below the head to ensure that the appropriate tissues for CWD testing are not damaged. For more information, please click HERE to go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. Please contact Roger Wolfe, your local TPWD District Leader at 903-566-1626, Ext. 207, or email him at email@example.com with any questions you may have.