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Attention Deer Hunters in Oneida and Madison Counties

There will NOT be a CWD containment area in Oneida and Madison Counties and there will be NO mandatory deer check for deer harvested in this area. Hunters may now freely move their deer carcasses outside of the previously established area.

DEC is pleased to report that despite intensive testing of wild white-tailed deer, no additional cases have been detected in New York since 2005. A total of just over 7,300 deer were sampled in the Oneida and Madison County containment area since that time. Statewide, just under 34,000 deer have been sampled.

New York will continue with yearly random sampling of harvested deer throughout all areas of the state. DEC will be very interested in any clinical deer that may be observed on the landscape. It is suggested that you call the nearest DEC Regional Wildlife Office to report any deer exhibiting clinical signs. These would include deer showing signs of severe loss of body weight, displaying abnormal behavior, or becoming easily disoriented. Hunters should avoid harvesting these deer.

Attention Hunters Who Plan To Hunt Outside New York

Hunters who plan to hunt deer, elk, or moose outside of New York and want to return with their trophies must know the NYS CWD regulations. Current regulations affect importation of cervid (deer, elk, moose) carcasses and carcass parts from most states and some Canadian provinces and territories. Importation of carcass and carcass parts ARE ALLOWED from the following states and provinces and territories:

United States: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont.

Canada: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec.

For areas NOT listed above or for further information on CWD, please refer to the DEC website:

Or write to:

CWD Regs
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4754


Meat Unfit For Consumption

If a deer, bear or turkey is found to be unfit for human consumption, a special permit may be issued that allows the hunter to take another deer or bear provided the season is still open. A permit will not be issued if meat is unfit due to hunter neglect. Call a wildlife or law enforcement office.


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