Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

CWD is the most significant threat to the future of healthy deer populations, deer hunting, and the hunting industry that we have ever encountered. It is a neurological disease that affects deer, elk, reindeer and moose.  CWD is an always fatal brain disease that affects members of the deer family (cervids) and is caused by prions (misshaped proteins) that create holes in the brain and eventually lead to death. There is currently no vaccine or treatment. Once a deer is infected with CWD, it may take up to 24 months to show clinical symptoms.  

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NDA has launched a new communication initiative to combat CWD that will provide accurate and timely information to the public. Included in this initiative is a series of videos and short films that will bring added levels of education, testimony and data around the spread of this disease that threatens America’s most popular hunting pastime and conservation as a whole.


Commonly Asked Questions about Chronic Wasting Disease
In this video, we address 14 of the most commonly asked questions about chronic wasting disease (CWD). The questions were submitted by hunters from across the country and the answers came from top CWD experts and researchers. No matter where you live, if you care about the future of deer and deer hunting and want to learn more, this is a must watch.


CWD in Pennsylvania: What Does the Future Hold?
Pennsylvania, like more than half of the other states in the country, is facing the challenge of slowing the spread of CWD in wild deer. This video provides suggestions and encouragement as wildlife professionals and hunters in the Commonwealth begin to tread similar waters.

Janis Putelis Demonstrates How to Debone a Deer in a Chronic Wasting Disease Area
To avoid bringing CWD home with us, we’re all going to have to take extra steps in the field to be part of the solution. That’s why we asked MeatEater‘s Janis Putelis to demonstrate the best way to de-bone your deer and dispose of parts of the carcass that may carry CWD. 


Coffee and Deer: CWD - Know the Carcass Transport Rules
In this episode, we talk about the importance of understanding the chronic wasting disease rules when it comes to transporting deer and infectious parts across state lines.


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NDA has submitted letters of support for both the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s CWD Response Plan and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ CWD Management Plan.

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The recently introduced HEROES Act includes provisions to establish an emergency habitat program and increase CWD funding.

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CWD: No Shortage of Deer Bones and Bodies

CWD: No Shortage of Deer Bones and Bodies

April 27, 2020 | by Patrick Durkin

Hunters often ask, “Why don’t we see a lot of dead deer due to CWD?” The bodies are out there, and as NDA contributor Patrick Durkin explains, deer with CWD die in a variety of ways,

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NDA teamed up with the Archery Trade Association (ATA) and the CWD Alliance to create a one-stop-shop infographic on all things chronic wasting disease (CWD).

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NDA Debuts Online CWD Resource Center, FAQ Video

NDA Debuts Online CWD Resource Center, FAQ Video

April 13, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

The New CWD Resource Center is full of videos, articles and information dedicated to education on CWD as well as relevant news and updates.

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NDA recently joined dozens of conservation partners in penning a letter to House Appropriations Committee Leaders urging increased funding to state wildlife agencies for the purpose of combating CWD in free-ranging deer.

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