Conservation

What Can I Do?

Are there any new regulations related to CWD? 

Yes, new regulations are in place for the 2020 deer and elk hunting seasons. Carcass transportation and disposal regulations will apply for any harvested deer or elk that will be transported outside of a known CWD endemic hunting unit or from another state back into South Dakota.  https://gfp.sd.gov/2020-cwd-regulations/

In summary, the new regulations include the following: 

  • CWD endemic areas are defined as any firearm deer or elk hunting unit that includes any portion of a county where chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in free-ranging deer or elk. CWD has been confirmed in Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Meade, Mellette, Lawrence, Lyman, Pennington, Sully, Tripp, Ziebach counties. If CWD is confirmed in new counties during the season, those applicable hunting units will then be subject to carcass transportation and disposal regulations. 
  • Whole or partial deer and elk carcasses and head with antlers attached may not be transported from an endemic area or from another state unless delivered to a licensed taxidermist, a game processor, or to the hunter’s domicile.
  • A person who transports cervid carcasses or carcass parts from an endemic area in this state or from another state shall dispose of all remaining cervid carcass parts through a waste management provider or a permitted landfill. 

What can I do to help slow the spread of CWD?

CWD can be spread from animal to animal and through the concentration of cervids at feeding and baiting stations. Eliminating the feeding and baiting areas can help to stop or slow the spread from animal to animal. Additionally, hunters who hunt in areas that are known to have CWD can assist in the reduction of CWD spread by deboning meat in the field and leaving the carcass at the harvest site. Research has shown that infected carcasses do pose a threat to the spread of CWD, and thus should be disposed of with your waste management provider in a landfill that will bury the carcass.

Soaking your stainless-steel knives and other tools in 40% chlorine/bleach mixture for 5 minutes can also deactivate the prion. Hunters doing this can have peace of mind they have clean equipment and have done their part to prevent the spread of CWD.

How do I find out if there is a permitted waste facility near me?

Appropriate disposal of carcasses by hunters is not only ethical and the right thing to do, using a licensed landfill is a practice that helps reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease (CWD) transmission and establishment into geographic areas currently not known to have CWD. If a licensed landfill is not located near your residence, please contact your waste management provider to learn more on proper disposal options. Find a Big Game Carcass Disposal Site on this map.

What should I do if I suspect a deer or elk has CWD?

Call our department at 605.394.2391 (Rapid City) or 605.773.3387 (Pierre) or the Animal Industry Board at 605.773.3321 (Pierre). Arrangements will be made to investigate the report.