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.

Changes for 2020 hunting season

As part of the DNR's COVID-19 response, CWD testing will be voluntary for all disease zones and surveillance areas. Sampling is strongly encouraged as it is critical to helping monitor the disease. Carcass movement restrictions are still in place. View area-specific hunting information below.

Get test results

Visit the CWD test result page to find your results.

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How to submit voluntary samples

Learn how you can submit a sample in a CWD surveillance area or zone.

Public meeting recording available

The south metro public meeting from Sept. 15 can be viewed here.

Testing outside of sampling areas

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

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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.