East-central CWD surveillance area

 

General information

The east-central surveillance area was created after a deer at a deer farm in in Pine County tested positive for CWD in winter 2020. The area consists of portions of DPAs 157, 225, 235, 236, and all of DPA 159.

Map highlighting the DPAs included in the south metro CWD surveillance area: portions of DPAs 157, 225, 235, 236, and all of DPA 159.

Map of the east-central surveillance area

Interactive map

2020 hunting information

CWD sampling and testing

As part of the DNR’s COVID-19 response, CWD sampling is voluntary for all deer harvested in this CWD surveillance area. CWD sampling stations were available during the regular firearms deer season. Hunters who harvest a deer from this area may have their deer tested by setting up an appointment with a wildlife office in this surveillance area.

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 mndnr.gov/cwdcheck.

What can I harvest?

All regular season rules apply. There are no special restrictions or exceptions on harvest in this area.

Is this area affected by carcass movement restrictions?

No. There are no deer carcass movement restrictions for deer taken in any CWD surveillance area, or any area outside of a CWD management or control zone.

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2020 sampling locations

Self-service sampling locations were only available for the firearms season. Hunters who harvest a deer from this area may have their deer tested by setting up an appointment with a wildlife office in this surveillance area.

Taxidermist information for sampling trophy deer

If you want to have your trophy deer caped or mounted, the following taxidermists can collect the lymph node samples and deliver them to the DNR for voluntary testing. Taxidermists may charge a fee to cape out your deer prior to extracting the samples. Please contact them ahead of time to schedule an appointment or make sure they are available.

Using a taxidermist for sampling will result in a longer turnaround time for your CWD test results.

CITYBUSINESSADDRESSZIPPHONE
Chisago CityDreams To Reality Taxidermy9225 Jewel Lane55079612-819-1772
North BranchBret Swanson Taxidermy6514 381st St.55056651-674-8406
Pine CityWillow Taxidermy15530 State Highway 7055063320-219-0608
Rush CityCounty Line Taxidermy5446 540th St.55069763-482-0344
Rush CityRay's Fishing Guide & Taxidermy Service52270 Rush Lake Trail55069320-358-3961

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