The discovery of deer infected with CWD that were raised in captivity on farms in Crow Wing and Meeker counties means that wild deer harvested from permit areas surrounding those farms will be tested for CWD this fall during the first two days of the firearms deer season.
Wild deer in these areas are not known to have CWD. Testing should determine if any are infected.
Testing also will be done in permit areas surrounding the disease management zone in southeastern Minnesota.
Deer harvested in southeastern Minnesota within that disease management zone – deer permit area 603 – will continue to be tested and carcass movement restricted.
Testing and control measures for hunters to follow will be available in August and released throughout the archery, firearm and muzzleloader deer seasons.