Roosevelt elk

CWD, what hunters can do

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal neurological disease infecting deer and elk across North America. While CWD has not yet been detected in Oregon, there are things hunters can do to help keep it that way.

The use of scent lures derived from deer or elk urine has been banned in Oregon effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, stopping at a CWD check station when you pass it on the highway will be mandatory not voluntary due to HB 3152, a bill introduced by the Oregon Hunters Association and passed by the 2021 Oregon State Legislature. More details about mandatory check stations will be available in 2022. But ODFW expects to continue to operate the Biggs and Prineville check stations and possibly stations at additional locations. Successful hunters who pass one of the stations will be required to stop and could be cited for a wildlife violation if they fail to do so.

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