- General information
- Hunting information
- Sampling location 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Chisago City||Dreams To Reality Taxidermy||9225 Jewel Lane||55079||612-819-1772|
|North Branch||Bret Swanson Taxidermy||6514 381st St.||55056||651-674-8406|
|Pine City||Willow Taxidermy||15530 State Highway 70||55063||320-219-0608|
|Rush City||County Line Taxidermy||5446 540th St.||55069||763-482-0344|
|Rush City||Ray's Fishing Guide & Taxidermy Service||52270 Rush Lake Trail||55069||320-358-3961|