Chronic wasting disease management

Chronic wasting disease, or 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 at this time, but is a concern as there is currently no known cure. The DNR is working to limit its spread. Learn more about the disease.

Get test results

Visit the CWD test result page to find your results.

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Hunting and CWD requirements

Learn what you need to know about hunting in any CWD surveillance area or zone.

Submit your own sample

Hunters outside of testing areas can test their deer for CWD for a fee.

Venison donation program

Hunters can donate extra deer through this program.

Other items

Hunter quick links

All CWD surveillance areasOverview of hunting regulations (printable version)

Southeast management zone: 
sampling stations for testing • dumpsters for carcass disposal • meat processors • taxidermists

Southeast control zone:  
sampling stations for testing • dumpsters for carcass disposal • meat processors • taxidermists

North central management zone: 
sampling stations for testing • dumpsters for carcass disposal • meat processors • taxidermists 

Central surveillance zone: 
sampling stations for testing • taxidermists

What hunters need to know

A deer herd in a field in southeast Minnesota.


What we're doing

A whitetail buck along a very colorful tree line at sunrise on a late Autumn morning.


What you can do

Hunters dressed in blaze orange walking in November.


Learn more

Close-up on white-tailed deer that looks out over snow.