Late CWD hunts

Disease hunts are an important tool in disease management, helping limit the disease spread and showing where disease is more prevalent through CWD testing of harvested deer.

Hunt areas for 2021 include deer permit designated as a CWD management zone. Permit areas 261 and 262 along the Minnesota-North Dakota border have been added to better gauge the potential extent of CWD.  

When & where

Dates

  • Friday, Dec. 17, through Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021
  • Friday, Dec. 31, through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022
What you need to know

Valid license: A hunter may use any unfilled archery, firearms, muzzleloader or landowner deer hunting license. Unfilled bonus permits and early antlerless permits also may be used. The hunting method used must match the hunter’s deer license. Only during these hunts, hunters may purchase low-cost disease management permits without first purchasing a parent license to participate.

Places to hunt: Hunters must respect private lands. Find information on trespass law in the hunting regulations booklet. Wildlife management areas and other public lands that are normally open to deer hunting within designated permit areas are open to hunting during these hunts. View the special public land access information below to hunt some areas that are normally closed to hunting.

Bag limit: There are no restrictions on the number of deer – antlerless or antlered – that a hunter may take. Unlike other hunts, disease management permits may be used to tag both antlered and antlerless deer. Bonus permits and early antlerless tags can only be used to tag antlerless deer.

Carcass movement restrictions: These restrictions apply during these hunts in all areas except the northwest hunts along the Minnesota-North Dakota border in permit areas 261 and 262. Hunters there are encouraged to not move whole carcasses from either area. View complete details on carcass movement restrictions and what hunters can do to comply.

CWD sampling: CWD sampling is mandatory for both hunts. Harvested deer must be taken to a staffed or self-service station. Staffed sampling stations will be open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the hunts. Stations also will be open from 9 a.m. - noon on the Monday following each hunt. Locations of staffed and self-service stations will be posted here when available.

Special public land access

Some public lands where deer hunting is not normally allowed will be opened to hunting. Permits to hunt are required in some of these areas to limit the number of hunters. These permits will be available from any DNR license vendor or online on a first-come, first-served basis starting at noon on Friday, Dec. 3. Use the listed hunt number when selecting a permit. 

Permits are available for both weekends but are only valid for the weekend specified. Hunters may only obtain one permit so they must choose which weekend they want to participate. Areas opened to hunting are listed below.

Cannon River Wilderness Park in Rice County added. 25 permits remain for the second weekend at Forestville.

LocationPermit requiredHunt datesPermits availableHunt numberHunt details
Cannon River Wilderness ParkYes12/31-1/250810Archery only
Rushford Sand Barrens Scientific and Natural AreaNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Savage Fen SNANoN/AN/AN/AArchery only
Cannon River Turtle Preserve SNANoN/AN/AN/AOnly portions in permit area 605 are open
Forestville Mystery Cave State ParkYes12/17-1975801N/A
Forestville Mystery Cave State ParkYes12/31-1/275802N/A
Pin Oak Prairie SNAYes12/17-194803N/A
Pin Oak Prairie SNAYes12/31-1/24804N/A
Great River Bluffs State Park and King's and Queen's Bluff SNAYes12/17-1950805N/A
Great River Bluffs State Park and King's and Queen's Bluff SNAYes12/31-1/250806N/A
Beaver Creek Valley State ParkYes12/17-1925807N/A
Beaver Creek Valley State ParkYes12/31-1/225808N/A
Minnesota Valley State Recreation AreaNoN/AN/AN/AArchery only in the Carver Rapids unit
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife RefugeNoN/AN/AN/AArchery only; special regulations must be followed
Minnesota Valley Wetland Management DistrictNoN/AN/AN/AAll waterfowl production areas within permit area 605; archery only; special regulations must be followed

Vermillion Highlands WMA is closed to public hunting during both late-season hunts.

Sampling stations

Click on the list containing the permit area you plan to hunt

DPAs 261, 262
  • Staffed stations open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the hunts
  • 9 a.m. - noon Mondays after the hunts
  • Self-service stations remain available through the Monday after each hunt
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CityLocationAddressStatus
AdaMNDOT Truck Station504 4th St. EStaffed
AlvaradoJohn's Repair100 State Highway NWStaffed
ClimaxPete's One Stop102 E BroadwayStaffed
CrookstonKustom Kollision807 Marin Ave.Staffed
East Grand ForksCabela's210 Demers Ave. NWStaffed
HendrumNepstad Oil133 Highway 75 NStaffed
MoorheadMoorhead Police Department Gun Range2210 15th Ave. NStaffed
DPA 343

Hunters in permit area 343 also may use sampling stations in the DPAs 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655.

  • Staffed stations open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the hunts
  • 9 a.m. - noon Mondays after the hunts
  • Self-service stations remain available through the Monday after each hunt
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CityLocationAddressStatus
AlturaWhitewater WMA Wildlife Office15035 Highway 74Self-service
AustinJay C. Hormel Nature Center1304 21st St. NESelf-service
Pine IslandVacant lot, next to Dollar General and at the intersection of First Ave. NE and County Road 11/Center Drive222 Center DriveSelf-service
PlainviewKreofsky Do It Best Building865 Enterprise Drive SWSelf-service
DPA 605
  • Staffed stations open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the hunts
  • 9 a.m. - noon Mondays after the hunts
  • Self-service stations remain available through the Monday after each hunt
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CityLocationAddressStatus
Cannon FallsLake Byllesby Goodhue County Park5001 Highway 19 BoulevardSelf-service
FaribaultRice County Fairgrounds, enter off 2nd Ave. NW1814 2nd Ave. NWStaffed
HastingsLake Rebecca Park, first left off Lock and Dam Road415 Lock and Dam RoadSelf-service
KenyonKenyon Meats116 Spring St.Self-service
LonsdaleRice County Highway Dept. shop110 5th Ave. NWStaffed
MontgomeryEdel's Meat Locker124 1st St. N.Self-service
New Market/LakevilleNew Market Township Hall8950 230th St. E, LakevilleSelf-service
New PragueSkluzacek's Quality Meats400 Main St. W.Self-service
NorthfieldNorthfield Archery Range10353 Hall Ave.Self-service
RosemountDNR Wildlife Office15325 Babcock Ave. E.Self-service
ShakopeeUSFWS parking lot — Wilkie unit5981 County Road 101Self-service
DPAs 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655
  • Staffed stations open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the hunts
  • 9 a.m. - noon Mondays after the hunts
  • Self-service stations remain available through the Monday after each hunt
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CityLocationAddressStatus
CaledoniaHouston County Fairgrounds1316 E. Washington St.Self-service
ChatfieldStrongwell1610 US-52Self-service
ChatfieldMagnum Sports20 Main St. S.Self-service
DexterHamilton Auction Company130 State Highway 16Self-service
GrangerNorth of Granger near intersection of 120th St. and Kingbird Road (319)GPS: 43.529806, -92.158889Self-service
HoustonBP Gas Station801 MN-16Self-service
KassonHardware Hank11 Fourth St. SESelf-service
La CrescentLa Crescent Joint Public Works Facility450 S. Chestnut St.Staffed
LeRoyLake Louise State Park12385 766th Ave.Self-service
MabelSteam Engine Days Park90 E. Alpine Ave.Self-service
PrestonDNR Forestry Office912 Houston St. NWStaffed
RochesterDNR shop at Gordon Yeager WMA — Southwest Unit2300 Silver Creek Road NEStaffed
RushfordPam's Corner Convenience107 MN-16Staffed
Spring ValleyCity Lot across from Spring Valley Public Utilities104 S. Section St.Self-service
St. CharlesWinona County Fairgrounds (behind A&W All American Foods)518 W. 6th St.Self-service
StewartvilleBear Cave Park800 10th St. NWSelf-service
WilsonWilson Truck and Trailer Repair29622 County Road 12Self-service
WinonaFleet Farm920 E. Highway 61Staffed
Special considerations in DPAs 261 & 262

Private land: There are limited public lands in the area. Since most of the land is private, hunters must first obtain landowner permission to hunt.

Minnesota hunters: In Minnesota, mandatory carcass movement restrictions are not in effect during these hunts but hunters are strongly encouraged not to move whole carcasses from either permit area. Instead, bone out or quarter the deer so that no part of the spinal column or head is transported outside of the DPA. Remains should be bagged and stored in an enclosed container until a negative test result is received. If the test result is postive, the DNR will pickup and dispose of carcass parts.

North Dakota hunters: High-risk carcass parts from deer harvested in Minnesota cannot be transported into North Dakota. Details for North Dakota’s carcass movement restrictions are available on the North Dakota Game & Fish website.

Carcass disposal: Hunters who process their own deer may not dispose of carcasses on public land, including wildlife management areas, state forests, road rights of way or in any water body. Deer carcasses may be disposed of in the following ways:

  • On private land with the permission of the landowner;
  • Through your refuse hauler after checking on how to properly bag the carcass; or
  • At a local landfill.

If carcass parts are left on private land, hunters are encouraged to limit the potential spread of prions by bagging remains and storing in an enclosed container until a negative test result is received.

Attractant use discouraged: Hunters are encouraged not to use attractants and should be aware that attractant and feeding bans go into effect Thursday, Dec. 30.