CWD control zone

General information

This zone borders the management zone in an area where CWD in wild deer is persisting or documenting slight spread, and was created to help prevent further disease spread. 

The control zone is deer permit areas 255, 343 and 344.

Map highlighting the DPAs included in the CWD control zone: 255, 343, 344.

Map of the control management zone

2021 hunting information

CWD sampling and testing

CWD sampling is mandatory for all deer, 1 year of age or older, harvested in this zone for the opening weekend of both the firearms A and B seasons.

CWD sampling stations, either staffed or self-service, will be available during these weekends.

  • Hunters must bring any harvested adult deer (1 year or older) to a sampling station during that opening weekend. (See the list below for staffed and self-service sampling options in your area.)
  • Deer must be registered before sampling.
  • You will need to provide the township, range and section of your harvest location. Maps are provided at each station, but hunters are encouraged to have this information for their location of harvest prior to arriving.

Outside of opening weekend, hunters who harvest a deer from this area may have their deer tested by voluntarily submitting the head at any of the self-service sampling stations in the zone.

The time it takes to receive CWD test results will vary depending on the number of samples collected. Process your deer as you normally would. Keep processed deer separate and identifiable until test results are received.

Test results for all deer that are sampled will be available online at

What can I harvest?

  • Bag limit designations vary by DPA.
  • Hunters must use either a Statewide (A) or a Late Southeast (B) license for the respective firearms season.
  • Hunters may harvest only one buck per hunter per year.
  • Bonus tags may be used for antlerless deer during any deer season. Bonus permits are valid in DPA 343 only during the early antlerless season.
  • Antler point restrictions (APR) are canceled in this zone.
  • Cross-tagging for antlered bucks is allowed in this zone.

Is this area affected by carcass movement restrictions?

Yes. Deer carcass movement restrictions apply during all seasons for all deer, including fawns.

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2021 sampling location information

The tables below show sampling station locations, indicating the timeframes when they are staffed or self-service.

Hunters may use the following locations and also the sampling stations in the following DPAs: 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655.

Self-service sampling stations will have an orange "CWD Sampling Station" sign and black barrel (examples: image 1image 2).

Map highlighting the DPAs included in the southeast CWD control zone (255, 343, 344) and sampling stations within the southeast control and management zones.

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Firearms A opener (Nov. 6-7)
Firearms B opener  (Nov. 20-21)
VOLUNTARY: Outside of firearms opening weekends
AlturaWhitewater WMA Wildlife Office15035 Highway 74, Altura, MN 55910StaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
AustinJay C. Hormel Nature Center1304 21st St. NE, Austin, MN 55912StaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
Pine IslandVacant lot, next to Dollar General and at the intersection of First Ave. NE and County Road 11/Center Drive222 Center Drive, Pine Island, MN 55963StaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
PlainviewKreofsky Do It Best Building865 Enterprise Drive SW, Plainview, MN 55964StaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service

What do I do with my carcass after sampling?

Deer carcasses must be disposed of properly to meet deer carcass movement restrictions

To help hunters comply with these legal carcass movement restrictions, the DNR set up dumpsters where hunters can dispose of carcasses (head and spinal column) after quartering or butchering so they can leave the CWD areas immediately. Please check this page for updates on dumpster locations.

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