Due to an overflow crowd and intense public interest, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will hold a second public meeting in Culpeper about Chronic Wasting Disease in deer from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 9 at Eastern View High School,16332 Cyclone Way.
After a case of Chronic Wasting Disease was confirmed in a deer in Culpeper County last winter, a meeting was held two weeks ago to educate hunters about the disease, organized by the VDGIF.
A male deer legally killed by a hunter in Culpeper County last fall later tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the state agency. In response to the recent detection of the fatal neurological disease in Culpeper County, DGIF has created a Disease Management Area that includes Culpeper, Madison, and Orange counties and variety of regulatory changes have been enacted within the area to minimize the spread of the disease.
Deer feeding is now prohibited year round in the Disease Management Area and whole carcasses (and certain carcass parts) cannot be exported from the area. Hunters that harvest deer in the area are encouraged to submit their deer for voluntary Chronic Wasting Disease testing at any time of the season. On November 16, all hunters that are successful are required to submit their deer for CWD testing.
In addition, Earn A Buck is now in effect on private lands in Culpeper County. These regulatory changes, in addition to other aspects of CWD management strategies enacted in DMA2, will be further discussed at the public meeting on Oct. 9.
Additional information for individuals planning to hunt in DMA2 can be found at: https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/diseases/cwd/cwd-information-for-hunters/.