Chronic Wasting Disease

CWD Snapshot - Updated 9/2015

As of September 2015, Virginia has detected ten CWD-positive white-tailed deer. CWD has been found in 23 states and 2 Canadian provinces.

Effective fall 2015, the CWD Containment Area now includes all of Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, and Warren counties.

All hunters who harvest deer within the new CA on the first two Saturdays of the general firearms season (November 14th and 21st) must bring their deer to a CWD check station for testing. Please see links below for check station locations.

It is now illegal to possess or use deer scents/lures that contain natural deer urine or other bodily fluids while taking, attempting to take, attracting, or scouting wildlife in Virginia. For more information, see the links below.

Report road-killed deer! VDGIF is monitoring CWD in Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, and Warren counties by sampling road-killed deer. Called 1-800-367-ROAD to report a road-killed deer in any of these counties.

Managing CWD in Virginia

CWD Containment Area

Prion Diseases

Information for Hunters

Press Releases


CWD Questions and Answers

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