CWD

White-tailed deer


Chronic Wasting Disease management

Infection may be localized; permit needed before taking deer

Hunters: Get your test results

Use your DNR number or carcass tag number to check your results online.

Map showing boundaries of the landowner shooting zone in southeastern Minnesota. This area is larger than the established disease management zone.

A CWD-postive adult female deer shot during the special hunt near Preston and very close to four other infected animals provides another piece of evidence suggesting that the primary CWD infection may be localized.

Of the six wild deer that have tested positive for CWD, none were described as behaving abnormally. That's an indication the infection may be recent.

So far, almost 300 landowner shooting permits have been issued. These permits allow landowners to remove deer from their property. Landowners must obtain a DNR permit before shooting deer.

Landowner permits expire Sunday, Feb. 12. DNR staff will monitor the distribution and number of deer taken under landowner shooting permits and then make a decision regarding using USDA sharpshooters to remove additional deer.

A higher surveillance goal results in more potentially infected deer being removed from the population, which helps to reduce CWD's spread.

Be aware of deer feeding ban specifics & items it restricts

Don't feed deer or use salt blocks

Discover the details of the deer feeding ban, which includes putting out salt or mineral blocks. Read the complete details and restrictions.

A ban prohibiting the feeding of wild deer in a five-county area that includes all of Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted and Winona counties is in effect as part of the DNR's comprehensive long-term disease management strategy.

The purpose of the ban is to reduce the potential for the disease to spread from deer-to-deer by reducing the number of deer concentration sites. CWD can spread from one deer to another following nose-to-nose contact, contact with saliva or other body fluids. By eliminating deer feeding sites where that easily can occur, the potential for the disease to spread is reduced.

The deer feeding ban makes it illegal to place or have food capable of attracting wild deer. This includes salt/mineral blocks and deer attractants. People who feed birds or small mammals must do so in a manner that precludes access to deer or place the food at least 6 feet above ground level.

People who enjoy feeding wildlife and chose to continue feeding must place the feed so deer can?t access it.

Food placed as a result of normal agricultural practices is generally exempted from this rule. But cattle operators should take steps that minimize contact between deer and cattle.

Minnesota's CWD response plan available

The DNR continues to implement the state's CWD response plan. DNR will be working closely with landowners and other organizations – as well as hunters – to develop and implement disease management strategies that will protect the state's deer herd and provide hunters the opportunity to pass on their deer hunting traditions.