Conservation

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2020 CWD Regulations

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has created regulations for the transportation and disposal of deer and elk carcasses from other states and from hunting units within South Dakota's confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) areas. The new regulations will go into effect for the 2020 hunting seasons

41:06:03:15.  Chronic Wasting Disease endemic area defined. Includes any firearm deer or elk hunting unit, excluding prairie elk Unit PRE-WRA, that includes any portion of a county where chronic wasting disease has been confirmed.  In addition, any deer harvested during the archery, muzzleloader and apprentice deer seasons and any elk harvested from Unit PRE-WRA within a county where chronic wasting disease has been confirmed would be subject to carcass transportation and disposal regulations. The provisions of this section apply only to the implementation of §§ 41:06:03:16 through 41:06:03:19.

41:06:03:16.  Interstate cervid carcass transportation restriction. Whole or partial cervid carcasses and head with antlers attached may not enter this state unless delivered to a licensed taxidermist, a game processor, or to the hunter’s domicile. Cervid carcasses passing through the state are exempt from this section. The provisions of this section are effective July 1, 2020.

41:06:03:17.  Intrastate cervid carcass transportation restriction. Whole or partial cervid carcasses and head with antlers attached may not be transported from an endemic area unless delivered to a licensed taxidermist, a game processor, or to the hunter’s domicile. The provisions of this section are effective July 1, 2020.

41:06:03:18.  Carcass disposal for hunter-harvested cervid. A person who transports cervid carcass parts from outside this state shall dispose of all remaining cervid carcass parts through a waste management provider or a permitted landfill.  A person who transports cervid carcass parts from an endemic area in this state shall dispose of all remaining cervid carcass parts through a waste management provider or a permitted landfill.  Cervid carcasses taken from an endemic area in this state that test negative for the disease are exempt from this section. The provisions of this section are effective July 1, 2020.

41:06:03:19.  Carcass disposal for wildlife processing facilities. Wildlife processing facilities, as defined by § 41:06:03:10, shall dispose of all remaining cervid carcass parts obtained from outside this state through a waste management provider or a permitted landfill. Wildlife processing facilities shall dispose of remaining cervid carcass parts obtained from an endemic area within this state through a waste management provider or a permitted landfill.  Game processers licensed by another state or federal entity shall dispose of carcasses as required by the conditions associated with the license. The provisions of this section are effective July 1, 2020.

41:09:11:07.  Cervid carcass disposal. A taxidermist shall dispose of remaining cervid carcass parts obtained from outside this state through a waste management provider or a permitted landfill.  A taxidermist shall dispose of remaining cervid carcass parts obtained from a known chronic wasting disease endemic area within this state through a waste management provider or permitted landfill. The provisions of this section are effective July 1, 2020.

CURRENT CWD ENDEMIC AREAS

Endemic Counties
CWD has been confirmed within the following counties:  Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Meade, Lawrence, Pennington and Tripp counties.

Statewide Licenses, West River Archery, West River Special Buck and Prairie Elk Unit PRE-WRA

  • Statewide Archery, West River Archery, Antlerless Archery, Muzzleloader, Antlerless Muzzleloader and Apprentice Deer Seasons (Tag would indicate that “CWD RULES MAY APPLY”)
    • Any deer harvested within Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Meade, Lawrence, Pennington and Tripp counties are subject to carcass transportation and disposal regulations.
  • Prairie Elk Unit WRA (Tag would indicate that “CWD RULES MAY APPLY”)
    • Any elk harvested within Butte, Custer, Haakon, Jackson, Meade, Pennington and Tripp counties are subject to carcass transportation and disposal regulations.

Unit-Specific Endemic Areas (Any deer or elk harvested within the following hunting units are subject to carcass transportation and disposal regulations)

Custer State Park (Tag will indicate that “CWD RULES APPLY”)

  • Deer Hunting Units
    • CUD-CU1
  • Elk Hunting Units
    • CUE-CU1 and CEE-CU1

Black Hills (Tag will indicate that “CWD RULES APPLY”)

  • Deer Hunting Units
    • BHD-BH1, BHD-BD1 and BHD-BD2
  • Elk Hunting Units
    • BHE-H1, BHE-H2, BHE-H3, BHE-H4, BHE-H5, BHE-H7 and BHE-H9
      • Includes all antlerless elk hunting units that comprise the above described units.

West River Deer Hunting Units (Tag will indicate that “CWD RULES APPLY”)

  • WRD-02A, WRD-02C, WRD-11A, WRD-11B, WRD-15A, WRD-15B, WRD-15P, WRD-20A, WRD-21A, WRD-21B, WRD-27A, WRD-27B, WRD-27L, WRD-27P, WRD-31A, WRD-35A, WRD-35C, WRD-35L, WRD-39A, WRD-39B, WRD-49A, WRD-49B, WRD-53C and WRD-60A

Refuge Deer Hunting Units (Tag will indicate that “CWD RULES APPLY”)

  • RFD-LC1 and RFD-LC2

Prairie Elk Hunting Units (Tag will indicate that “CWD RULES APPLY”)

  • PRE-09A, PRE-11A, PRE-11B, PRE-11C, PRE-11D, PRE-15A, PRE-15B, PRE-27A, PRE-35A and PRE-35B

2020 CWD PRIORITY SURVEILLANCE AREAS 

Unit-Specific Priority Surveillance Areas

West River Deer Hunting Units

  • WRD-24A, WRD-24B, WRD-30A, WRD-30B, WRD-41A, WRD-45A, WRD-45B, WRD-45C, WRD-45D, WRD-45P, WRD-50A, WRD-53A, WRD-53C, WRD-58A, WRD-58D, WRD-64A, WRD-65A and WRD-67A

East River Deer Hunting Units

  • ERD-13A, ERD-13L, ERD-13P, ERD-17A, ERD-18A and ERD-62A

Figure 1.  Known CWD positive wild cervids and 25-mile buffer around positive locations used to determine priority surveillance areas (shaded in gray).