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No. 2 – What is a Disease Management Area?

Through the end of deer season, we will be posting a frequently asked question (FAQ) and answer related to chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania in an album on our Facebook page.

We know many of you – hunters, non-hunters, processors, taxidermists and more – have questions about CWD and the effects this disease can cause. We are here as a resource and want to help everyone understand the complexities and details related to CWD in our state.

If you have a specific question related to CWD, email

Here’s the question for week two:

CWD Fact 2


Pennsylvania’s Disease Management Areas, or “DMAs,” have been established because at least one CWD-positive animal has been detected in close proximity. Within DMAs, specific regulations and rules apply to reduce the risk of further spreading CWD.

DMAs are established by creating a 10-mile radius buffer around the new CWD positive. In areas where CWD is present and a new CWD-positive animal is detected, no changes are made to the DMA boundary if the 10-mile buffer associated with that animal falls well within the existing DMA.

However, if the new CWD-positive location falls outside or near the existing DMA boundary, an existing DMA might be expanded or a new one created. Currently, Pennsylvania has three active DMAs.

To learn the location of DMAs within the state, please refer to our interactive map.

Click here for more information about CWD.

As a reminder, if you have a specific question related to CWD email it to

You can learn more about DMAs in Pennsylvania here.


2018 Buck Harvest Photo Contest

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The Game Commission is now accepting photos for our 2018 Buck Harvest Photo Contest. Photos will be accepted through Dec. 17.

Finalists will be selected in both the archery and firearms categories. Two winners selected by followers of the Game Commission’s Facebook page each will receive a trail camera.

To enter: Email your photo to Be sure to include the town where the hunter resides and the county and the date in which the deer was taken.

Please note that when you submit a photo, the agency assumes ownership of it and we have your permission to use the photo for our future use.

Visit our website for FULL contest information!

*This contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook. Good luck to all our deer hunters!