Hunters who are successful on any day of the deer hunting season in Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, or Warren counties are encouraged to voluntarily get their tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) by bringing it to a voluntary CWD deer testing collection site.
CWD testing results may be delayed this year due to COVID-19. Under normal circumstances, hunters whose deer tests positive for CWD are notified by the Department 10–21 days after submission of the deer head. Results from deer that do not test positive for CWD are usually available for viewing on the Department website 30–45 days post-submission of the deer head. Again, results may be delayed in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Instructions for Voluntary Submissions of Deer Heads for CWD Testing
- Bring the head and at least 4 inches of neck to a CWD deer head drop site.
- Heads with the antlers and/or skull plate removed can still be tested for CWD.
- Heads should be as fresh as possible (i.e., submitted a few days after death and kept cold prior to submission).
- If you plan to mount the head, submit the head and 4 inches of neck after caping is complete.
- Fill out the data card per instructions posted at the CWD deer head drop site.
Disease Management Area 1 CWD Deer Head Drop Sites
Department of Forestry, 265 Lakeview Dr., Woodstock
Directions: Take 81 to exit 283, head east on 42, turn right onto 11/S Main St., turn left on Lakeview Dr., refrigerator is a walk-in unit in the parking lot.
Elks Lodge, 4088 Guard Hill Rd, Front Royal
Directions: From I-81 take I-66 E, use exit 6 onto US-340 S/Winchester Rd, go right onto State Route 637/Guard Hill Rd. The self-service facility is under the pavilion on the left side of the parking lot.
Enders Fire Department, 9 South Buckmarsh St., Berryville
Directions: From Winchester, Take 7 East, go right onto West Main St., turn right onto Buckmarsh St. (Lord Fairfax Highway). The self-service facility is behind the fire department.
North Mountain Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company 19, 186 Rosenberger Lane, Winchester
Directions: Take Back Mountain Road (Rte. 600) north or south to Tom’s Market (near High View Manor), turn beside the store on Rosenberger Lane, fire department is on your right. The self‐service facility is located next to the garage behind the fire station.
Winchester-Frederick County Conservation Club, 527 Siler Road, Winchester,
Directions: From Winchester, follow Rte. 522 north to Gainesboro, then turn right onto Siler Road (Rte. 600). Take the first left onto Club property. The self‐service facility is under the overhang of the first building on the right.