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

The Department confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a buck legally harvested in Culpeper County in November 2018.  While CWD has been documented in northwest Virginia for over nine years, this deer was harvested more than 40 miles from the nearest CWD-positive deer in Frederick or Shenandoah counties  The Department created Disease Management Area 2 (DMA2) in response to the CWD detection in Culpeper.  DMA2 includes Culpeper, Madison, and Orange Counties.

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

Whole deer carcasses and certain carcass parts from deer killed in DMA2 cannot be legally transported out of DMA2Click here for more details on carcass transport.

All deer harvested in DMA2 on November 16, 2019, must be brought to a CWD sample station for testing.  Stations are open from 8 AM until 7 PM.  See the following websites for more details:

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 DMA2.

Earn A Buck (EAB) is in effect on private lands in Culpeper County.

Link to Transporting Carcasses Into, Within, and Out of DMA2 page.