Recommendations for Hunters

 

Game Management Units, Wildlife Management Zones and Counties where CWD has been Detected in Wild Populations

The number one objective in the management of CWD is to prevent its spread into new areas. One theoretical mode of disease transmission is via infected carcasses. Therefore, in an effort to minimize the risk of disease spread, a number of states have adopted regulations affecting the transportation of hunter-harvested deer and elk.

Some states have restricted the importation of whole deer and elk carcasses from areas where CWD has been detected in the wild. The following information is provided to advise hunters which areas may be subject to Carcass Transportation Regulations.

The following game management units (GMU's), equivalent wildlife management units, or counties have had wild deer or elk diagnosed with CWD. Click on state name to view a CWD distribution map for that state (NOTE: maps not available for all states). A U.S. map of CWD distribution in wild deer and elk is provided at the bottom of this page.

Alberta
Detected in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 119, 150, 151, 152, 163, 200, 202, 232, 234, 236, 256, and 728.

Colorado
GMU's 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 36, 37, 38, 51, 59, 84, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 102, 109, 161, 171, 181, 191, 211, 214, 231, 301, 391, 421, 441, 461, 521, 591, 951.

Illinois
Counties of Boone, Dekalb, LaSalle, McHenry, Ogle and Winnebago.

Iowa
Allamakee County

Kansas
Counties of Cheyenne, Decatur, Graham, Ford, Logan, Norton, Rawlins, Sheridan, Stafford, Sumner, Trego, Thomas and Wallace.

Maryland
Allegany County

Minnesota
Olmsted County

Missouri
Macon County

Nebraska
Deer Management Units Upper Platte, Plains, Pine Ridge, Sandhills and Buffalo within the counties of Arthur, Banner, Box Butte, Cherry, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Hall, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan and Sioux.

New Mexico
GMU's 19 and 34.

New York
Oneida County.

North Dakota
Sioux County.

Pennsylvania
Blair and Bedford counties.

Saskatchewan
Wildlife Management Zones 10, 11, 13, 14, 29E, 46, 47, 50.

South Dakota
Counties of Fall River, Lawrence, Custer, Pennington, and Wind Cave National Park.

Texas
Hueco Mountains of northern El Paso and Hudspeth counties.

Utah
Wildlife Management Units 9, 13 and 16.

Virginia
Frederick County.

West Virginia
Hampshire County.

Wisconsin
CWD-positive animals have been identified in several Wisconsin counties and numerous deer management units (DMU). Refer to Wisconsin DNR results for interactive databases

Wyoming
Hunt Areas 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 30, 33, 34, 37, 41, 55, 57, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 70, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 88, 89,120, 125, 127, 158, 167.

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