Transporting Carcasses Within and Out of the Containment Area

If you’re a Virginia hunter that is hunting inside the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Containment Area (CA) but plan to transport a deer carcass out of the CA into another area of Virginia, here’s what you need to know:

  • As of 2015, the CWD CA encompasses all of Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, and Warren counties. Deer killed within any of these counties cannot be taken out of the CA unless they have been processed into one of the following forms:
    • Finished taxidermy products
    • Boned-out cut and wrapped meat
    • Quarters of meat with no spinal column or head
    • Hides or capes with no skull attached
    • Cleaned (no brain tissue attached) skull or skull plates with or without antlers attached
    • Clean antlers with no meat or other tissues attached
    • Upper canine teeth

Deer killed within the CA can be transported within the CA (in other words, all parts of deer killed within one of the four CA counties may be transported to any of the other three counties).

All out-of-state hunters that are heading to Virginia for deer hunting should look up the carcass import or transport regulations in their home state prior to arriving in Virginia. A summary of state-by-state carcass transport and import regulations is provided on the CWD Alliance website.