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What You Need to Know About Hunting in Disease Management Area 2

In 2018, DWR confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a buck legally harvested in Culpeper County. The following hunting season, CWD was detected in a buck harvested in Fauquier County. DMA2 was created in response to these recent CWD detections and includes Culpeper, Fauquier, Loudoun, Madison, Page, Orange, and Rappahannock counties.

If you are hunting in DMA2 this fall, please be aware of the following:

*NEW in 2021* Early (September 4-October 1)  antlerless-only general firearms seasons have been introduced on private lands in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock counties.

*New in 2021* Earn a buck is in effect for the first time in Madison and Orange counties.  It is already in effect for Culpeper, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Rappahannock.

*NEW in 2021* All deer harvested in Madison and Orange counties on November 13th are required to be tested for CWD at a DWR sample station .  This sample effort may be affected by COVID-19 so please check back for updates.  Click here for more details on sample station locations. 

Whole deer carcasses and carcass parts containing brain and spinal cord tissue from deer killed in DMA2 cay be transported anywhere within DMA1 and DMA2. Click here for more details on carcass transport.

Deer heads + 4 inches of neck from a deer harvested at any time during the season in DMA2 may be brought to a CWD deer head drop site for voluntary testing.  Hunting in a DMA does not guarantee that you will harvest a CWD-positive deer but it does make it more likely when compared to hunting elsewhere in Virginia.  The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control recommends that all deer harvested in an area known to be CWD-positive be tested prior to consumption. If you would like to get a deer harvested in DMA2 tested for CWD at any time during the deer hunting season, bring the deer head plus 4 inches of neck to any of the Department CWD  deer head drop sites for free CWD testing.  See the following websites for more details:

Deer feeding is prohibited year round in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, Greene, Loudoun, Louisa, Madison, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren counties, and all cities and towns within these counties.

Hunting season dates, either-sex days, Earn A Buck requirements, and other deer hunting regulations for counties and cities included in DMA2 can be found in the Hunting & Trapping Regulations section of this website.