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

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 are available during the regular firearms deer season starting Nov. 7 until the goal of 1,000 deer is reached. When this goal is met, the self-service sampling stations will be removed and a sign will be posted in their place. 

  • The DNR highly encourages hunters to help by providing the head of any harvested adult deer (1 year or older) at a self-service sampling station during all hunting seasons.
  • Due to uncertainty of COVID-19, station locations could change in each area. Visit this page to see current sampling station locations.
  • 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.

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

Map highlighting the DPAs in the east-central CWD surveillance area (portions of DPAs 157, 225, 235, 236, and all of DPA 159) and sampling stations in this area.

All locations have self-service sampling stations available 24/7, starting Nov. 7 until the goal is reached, unless otherwise noted in the table. Look for an orange "CWD Sampling Station" sign and black barrel (examples: image 1image 2).

AlmelundRod's Country Corner37455 Park Trail
Center City, 55012
AlmelundWild River State Park39797 Park Trail
Center City, 55012
BrahamDinomart #3209 N. Main St.
Braham, MN 55006
CambridgeIsanti County Fairgrounds3101 MN-95
Cambridge, MN 55008
Forest LakeCarlos Avery WMA Headquarters5463 W. Broadway
Forest Lake, MN 55025
HarrisFish Lake Bait5857 Stark Road
Harris, MN 55032
HinckleyBear Creek Tavern39109 State Highway 48
Hinckley, MN 55037
HinckleyDNR Fisheries Office306 Power Ave. N.
Hinckley, MN 55037
HinckleySt. Croix State Park30065 St. Croix Park Road
Hinckley, MN 55037
LindstromLindstrom Maintenance Yard (behind Fairview Cemetery; turn east on Sylvan Avenue)13392 Sylvan Ave.
Lindstrom, MN 55045
McGrathDNR Forestry Field Office16082 State Highway 65
McGrath, MN 56350
MoraCaptain Dan's Crows Nest2743 Highway 65
Mora, MN 55051
OgilvieOgilvie Raceway1539 MN-23
Ogilvie, MN 56358
Pine CityPine City National Guard Armory1305 Main St. S.
Pine City, MN 55063
Rock CreekSt. Croix Trailhead (canoe access and parking lot)15975 State Highway 70
Pine City, MN 55065
SandstoneDNR Forestry Office613 State Highway 23
Sandstone, MN 55072
StacyFull Draw Outdoors6017 Athens Trail
Stacy, MN 55079

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.

Chisago CityDreams To Reality Taxidermy9225 Jewel Lane55079612-819-1772
Forest LakeBerry Peterson Taxidermy13427 Humber St.55025651-982-0930
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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