Chronic Wasting Disease
Effective this fall, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) expanded the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Containment Area (CA) to include all of Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren counties due to detections of the disease near Interstate 81 during the last two years. In order to address any questions or concerns that area hunters may have regarding these changes, VDGIF has scheduled public meetings. Learn more »
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
- CWD CA Map (PDF)
Information for Hunters
- CWD Sampling Stations & Refrigerator Head Drop Locations
- Transporting Carcasses Into and Out of Virginia
- Transporting Carcasses Within and Out of the Containment Area
- List of Taxidermists and Meat Processors (PDF)
- Check Test Results for Your Deer
- Results will be available 3-4 weeks after they are collected
- CWD Alliance - information and videos on the history of CWD, techniques for hunters, and regulations
- Carcass Handling Recommendations
- Carcass Disposal Map (PDF)
- Clarke County Dumpster Map (PDF)
- Carcass Disposal Recommendations (PDF)
- Natural Deer Urine Attractants: Illegal in Virginia
- Most Recent: Three New CWD Cases Detected in 2014
CWD Questions and Answers
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