Why shouldn't I eat certain parts of my deer and elk?
There is currently no evidence that CWD is transmissible to humans. However, public health officials recommend that human exposure to the CWD agent be avoided as they continue to research the disease. Accordingly, hunters are advised not to eat meat from animals known to be infected with CWD. If you wish to have your animal tested for CWD, contact the local wildlife agency for information regarding appropriate procedures and submission locations. Remember, while disease testing is an important tool for detecting CWD, it is not a food safety test.
How can I reduce the possibility of spreading CWD contaminated tissue when butchering my game?
How should I clean my knives, saws and other butchering equipment? What destroys prions?
I usually take my deer or elk to a commercial processor. What should I request of them?
I want to keep the antlers from my deer and elk? What should I do?
I usually dump my deer and elk bones in a pasture. Can other deer or elk get CWD from the bones?
Can I get my deer or elk tested for CWD?
What should I do if I see a deer or elk that shows symptoms of CWD?
If you have specific questions regarding the status of CWD in the area you are planning to hunt, you should contact the state wildlife agency. The interactive state map on the home page of this website may provide you with access to the information you are seeking.