General Big Game hunting season is just around the corner in the Treasure State.

As outdoorsmen gear up for the year, Chronic wasting disease (CWD) remains a talking point again this year.

Although we have been familiar with the disease and its impacts, here's what you need to know going into the 2023 hunting season.

In collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, Montana's wildlife authorities urge hunters to take precautionary measures against CWD when hunting deer, elk, and moose.

It is strongly advised by the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) that hunters obtain a negative CWD test result before delivering their game to meat processors or donating it to food banks.

While it's not mandatory, FWP encourages hunters to have a negative CWD test result in their possession before taking their animal to a processor for donation.

Should an animal test positive for CWD, FWP will guide the hunter on proper carcass and meat disposal procedures and provide instructions on obtaining a replacement hunting license if needed.

It is important to note that there is no documented transmission of CWD to humans.

Nevertheless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that hunters who harvest deer, elk, or moose in areas where CWD is known to exist should have their game tested for CWD before consuming the meat.

If the animal tests positive, it is advisable not to consume the meat.

FWP plans to have chack stations throughout the state, and will provide testing fo hunters who check in.

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