CWD Deer Hunting Surveillance

Chronic wasting disease affects deer, moose and elk. It is 100 percent fatal and has no treatment or vaccine. This disease spreads when sick animals shed prions through urine, feces, and saliva. These prions stay on the landscape and are infectious indefinitely. CWD in known to exist in hunting unit 3F2, and last year, an animal in Canada near the northwest North Dakota border tested positive for CWD. Learn what is being done to help control the spread of CWD in the state and what you can do to help these efforts in this week’s webcast.

Common Violations

Many of North Dakota's fall hunting seasons are in full-swing. In this week's webcast, Chief Game Warden Bob Timian talks about some of the more common hunting violations wardens encounter in the field.

Bighorn Sheep in North Dakota

Bighorn sheep were extirpated from North Dakota by 1905 then reintroduced in 1956. Populations were doing well when, in 2014, a pneumonia causing pathogen got into the population. It has since spread to every herd in the state. Find out how this disease continues to impact bighorn in North Dakota, and what the Department is doing to manage the population in this week’s webcast.

Chronic Wasting Disease


Chronic wasting disease is a prion disease affecting cervids (ex. deer, elk, moose) that is shed through saliva and urine. It is always fatal, and once present in the environment it is there to stay. In North Dakota CWD is present in our 3F2 deer rifle unit (south central ND). Watch this week's webcast to find out more about CWD and what we are doing to try and limit the spread of this disease.


PLOTS Program


The PLOTS (Private Lands Open to Sportsmen) program has been around for over 20 years. Private lands enrolled in PLOTS are open for public walk-in hunting access. There will be approximately 762,000 PLOTS acres available for hunting this fall.