Nebraska is currently one of 26 states that have confirmed Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in wild deer populations. CWD is a prion disease that attacks the brain of an infected deer, elk or moose, and is always fatal to the infected animal.
Carcass transportation is a concern as a potential means of transmission with this disease. Nebraska does not currently have any movement or export regulations or restrictions for deer carcasses from CWD-infected areas; however, it is highly recommended that carcass remains be delivered to a licensed landfill for disposal.
Please note that many states do have regulations regarding the importation of meat or carcass parts from CWD-infected areas. Please check with your respective state officials or regulatory requirements prior to your Nebraska hunt. A helpful source of state-specific information is the CWD-Info website.
This year, Nebraska Game and Parks will be sampling male, white-tailed deer for CWD in the Blue Southeast, Blue Northwest, Buffalo, Platte, Republican and Wahoo units.
For additional information about CWD in Nebraska, visit the Nebraska Game and Parks website.