CWD in Virginia – Information & Updates

As we approach another upcoming hunting season here in Virginia, Hunters for the Hungry, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

NOTE:  Hunters for the Hungry, with the support of the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources is accepting and testing deer in many test positive counties per the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health. We are not accepting deer harvested in FREDERICK County. Please visit www.dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/diseases/cwd/  or click on our tab CWD Info. / Press Releases / Publications!

ATTENTION ALL HUNTERS!!!!!

Please make yourself familiar with all rules, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to CWD! We MUST ALL work together and comply with the regulations and recommendations by the Virginia Department of WIldlife Reseources to help stop the spread of this incurable disease! Please note below a map denoting the 3 Disease Management Areas in Virginia and the rules for transporting carcasses within, between, and outside DMA’s. CLick on the link below for all CWD related information regarding CWD here in Virginia OR see pages 6, 43, 44, and 45 of the Hunting & Trapping Guide in Virginia publication.

www.dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/diseases/cwd/

Disease Management Areas of Virginia and Carcass Transport Guidelines

CWD UPDATE AS OF MAY 12, 2021 – NEW

DETECTION IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

PLEASE NOTE BELOW THE CWD SUMMARY PRESS RELEASE FROM THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE RESOURCES – APRIL 9, 2021

UPDATE AS OF FEBRUARY 4, 2021,

AT THIS TIME DURING THE LATE SEASON IN NOVA HUNTERS FOR THE HUNGRY IS NOT ACCEPTING DEER HARVESTED IN LOUDOUN COUNTY WHICH IS LOCATED IN DMA 2 AS SET BY THE DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE RESOURCES. The program is currently working to see if a change can be made to this status. We apologize for the inconvenience to the hunters who desire to support our feeding efforts during this late season period.

Additionally, as a result of a NEW test positive for CWD in RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY Hunters for the Hungry will not be accepting deer harvested in Rappahannock County!

SEE ANNOUNCEMENT BELOW:

As a result of the Department of Wildlife Resources’ (DWR) 2020 – 2021 chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance efforts, CWD was detected for the first time in Rappahannock County. The affected adult buck was harvested during the latter half of the regular firearms season. DWR is grateful to all cooperating hunters, processors, and taxidermists for their continued support of DWR’s efforts to monitor the deer population for CWD and prevent the spread of the disease. DWR cannot fight this disease alone! A summary of DWR’s 2020 – 2021 CWD surveillance and monitoring efforts will be released later this winter. Additional information about CWD, can be found on the DWR website at:

https://dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/diseases/cwd/.

ATTENTION ALL HUNTERS!!!

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT INFORMATIONAL LETTER FROM MEGAN KIRCHGESSNER, VIRGINIA STATE WILDLIFE VETERINARIAN WITH THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE RESOURCES THAT ALL HUNTERS SHOULD TAKE NOTE OF WITH REGARDS TO CWD HERE IN VIRGINIA!

CWD – BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES Reducing the Risk of CWD Transmission and Contamination