CWD Testing


Precautionary CWD testing this fall

Map showing boundaries of the fall 2018 CWD testing zone in north-central Minnesota.
The red triangle on the map shows the location of the farm where captive deer infected with CWD were found.

Tests mandatory

DNR needs hunters' help this fall to determine if CWD has spread to wild deer from captive deer on a farm near Merrifield in Crow Wing County.

Wild deer in this area of north-central Minnesota are not known to have CWD. But that can't be confirmed without testing. So DNR is asking area hunters to bring harvested deer to a sampling station for mandatory precautionary CWD testing during the first two days of this fall's firearms season.

DNR needs 3,600 samples from hunters in this area to accurately test for the presence of CWD in wild deer.

Sampling stations

What to do