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Disease Management Area 3

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a 2.5 year-old male deer legally harvested in southwestern Montgomery County.  It was brought to a taxidermist in late November 2020 and DWR obtained the sample in January as part of the Department’s proactive statewide CWD surveillance efforts.  At the time of harvest, the hunter did not notice any outward signs of disease and the deer appeared to be in good condition.  The deer was harvested more than 160 miles from the closest detection in Madison County.

For up-to-date information on DWR’s response to the 2020 CWD detection in Montgomery County, please view the video presentation entitled Initiation of CWD Monitoring and Management in DMA3.

Disease Management Area 3

In accordance with DWR’s CWD Management Plan, which guides staff to include  any counties located within 10 miles of a CWD detection in a disease management area (DMA), DMA3 has been created to include Floyd, Montgomery, and Pulaski counties.

Deer Feeding Prohibitions

Feeding of deer year-round is now prohibited in Bland, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Patrick,  Pulaski, Roanoke, and Wythe counties, and in the cities of Radford, Roanoke, and Salem.

Carcass Transport Restrictions

Transport of whole carcasses and carcass parts most likely to be contaminated with prions (brain and spinal tissue) are now prohibited from being transported out of DMA3.  Carcass parts that can be legally transported out of DMA3 include:

  • Boned-out meat
  • Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached
  • Hides and capes with no heads attached
  • Clean (no meat or tissue attached) skulls and skull plates with or without antlers attached
  • Clean jaw bones
  • Antlers with no meat or tissue attached
  • Upper canine teeth, also known as “buglers,” “whistlers,” or “ivories”
  • Finished taxidermy products

Whole deer carcasses and all carcass parts originating from within DMA3 may be transported anywhere within DMA3.


*NEW* Hunting Regulations

The following hunting regulations will be in effect during the 2021 – 22 deer hunting season.

  1. Removal of antler point restrictions from the Fairystone Quality Deer Management Area,
  2. Extension of the general firearms deer season from two to four weeks on private land (i.e. excluding National Forest land) in Montgomery and Pulaski counties, thereby matching Floyd’s existing general firearms season,
  3. Creation of a Disease Focus Zone (DFZ) in the immediate vicinity of the 2020 CWD detection to increase harvest and maximize CWD testing opportunities.  A printable version of the DFZ map may be found here.  New hunting opportunities include:
    • Early and late antlerless-only general firearms deer seasons in the DFZ
      • Early season = September 4 – October 1
      • Late season = January 2 – March 27
    • Either-sex CWD Management Tags to be offered to all landowners holding greater than 5 contiguous acres within the DFZ. Letters with additional information on this new program will be mailed to all qualified landowners in September.

DMA3 CWD Surveillance

DWR is planning an extensive CWD testing effort throughout DMA3 and in certain surrounding counties during the 2021 – 22 deer hunting season to further investigate this detection.   These efforts will include mandatory CWD sampling for all deer harvested on November 13 in Floyd, Montgomery, and Pulaski counties.  In addition, there will be at least one voluntary CWD testing site in each DMA3 county where hunters can drop off their deer head, plus 4 inches of neck, for CWD testing at any time during the deer hunting season.  DWR will also be enlisting the assistance of local processors and taxidermists.  Cooperation from area hunters will be critical for this surveillance effort to be successful.