Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been testing
for chronic wasting disease (CWD) since 1995. To date,
CWD has not been detected in the state of Washington. We
urge hunters to help us maintain our healthy deer, elk, and moose
Please help WDFW monitor the health of our deer, moose and elk populations by reporting sick animals to the nearest WDFW office.
See: CWD Regulations by State and Province
If you are going to hunt deer, elk, or moose in the following states this year please
be advised that there have been some rule changes passed by the Washington
Fish and Wildlife Commission that regulate how you can bring your meat and
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
- Alberta, Canada
- Saskatchewan, Canada
If you hunt deer, elk, or moose in these states or provinces only the following items may
be imported to Washington to reduce the risk of transmitting chronic wasting disease.
- Meat that has been de-boned in the state or province where it was harvested
and is imported as boned-out meat.
- Skulls and antlers, antlers attached to the skull plate, or upper canine teeth
(bugler, whistlers, ivories) from which all soft tissue has been removed.
- Hides or capes without heads attached.
- Tissue imported for use by a diagnostic or research laboratory.
- Finished taxidermy mounts.
Violation of this rule is a Gross Misdemeanor having a maximum
penalty of $5,000 fine or one year in jail. (RCW
In addition, if you are notified by another state fish and wildlife agency that the deer, elk,
or moose you have harvested has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, you have
24 hours to notify Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Violation of this rule is an
If you have any questions, please contact the Wildlife Program
at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.