Chronic wasting disease management

Information meetings scheduled Aug. 22 and 23 in Crookston and Grand Rapids for new CWD deer permit areas 256, 257, 661 (formerly 261), 262, 265 and 679 (formerly 179).

Know the requirements for your deer permit area

Map showing management, control and surveillance zones for chronic wasting disease in Minnesota

Management, control and surveillance zones for chronic wasting disease in Minnesota

With chronic wasting disease now in eight distinct areas of Minnesota, it's crucial that hunters use their deer permit area numbers to determine what disease management measures they must follow.

Knowing and following the CWD testing requirements for the DPAs in which you hunt is the best way to do your part to help DNR combat CWD and keep Minnesota's wild deer healthy.

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Disease designations

Management zones: DPAs 179 and 261 join this list of areas with the most restrictions. These two areas now are listed as DPAs 679 and 661. Other areas designated as CWD management zones are DPAs 604, 605, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649 and 655.

Control zones: DPAs 255, 343 and 344 have less restrictive measure in place. Known as control zones, these DPAs border a management zone.

Surveillance zones: DPAs 110, 159, 184, 197, 213, 273, 256, 257, 262, 265 and portions of DPAs 157, 159 and 225 have the least restrictive disease management measures. Precautionary management actions are place in these DPAs to detect an infection early.

Information & resources

Chronic wasting disease, commonly referred to as CWD, is a fatal neurological disease that affects cervids, including white-tailed deer. It is found globally and in about half of the states in the U.S. CWD remains relatively rare in Minnesota but is a concern as there is no known cure.

The DNR's management actions are in place to help limit its spread.

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