CWD Testing


Mandatory testing begins with archery season

Map showing boundaries of the southeastern Minnesota's CWD management zone.
Click to enlarge this map showing deer permit area 603 in southeastern Minnesota and the roads established as its borders.

Carcass movement restrictions in place

When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 16, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses begin again in southeastern Minnesota's CWD management zone.

These restrictions will remain in place throughout deer seasons for archery, firearm, muzzleloader and any late season hunts.

What to do

Head collection box locations

  1. Field dress (gut) your deer as you normally would.
  2. Register you deer via phone, internet or walk-in big game registration station. If harvest occurs late in the day, sample (head) submission and registration do not have to occur on the same day.
  3. If the deer will be mounted, watch a video showing how to properly cape your deer.
  4. Remove the head, leaving at least 4 inches of neck attached.
  5. Hunters can take meat out of the zone immediately but the carcass (head with brain and spinal column) cannot be moved outside deer permit area 603 until a negative test result is received so hunters must:
    • Make arrangements to refrigerate the carcass before the deer is processed;
    • Cut their deer into quarters and other pieces; or
    • Bone-out the meat.
  6. Ensure no spinal column or brain matter is included with the meat or on the antlers.
  7. Properly dispose of carcass remains. There will be a dumpster at the DNR forestry office in Preston for hunters who don't have a way to dispose of remains.
  8. The Preston dumpster is being provided as a courtesy for deer carcass disposal only. It will be removed if people attempt to process deer there or use the dumpster for trash disposal.
  9. Bring the entire head of your deer to one of five head box collection sites. Each collection box has specific instructions on how to properly submit the head for sampling.
  10. Please put heads in the plastic bags provided. Use the maps provided at each box to mark an "X" where the deer was harvested. Submit this map with your sample.
  11. Samples during the archery season will be submitted for testing on Mondays and Thursdays. It may take up to four business days for test results to be available.
  12. CWD test results can be searched online using your 9-digit MDNR number.