Mandatory sampling will occur during fall 2018
CWD sample submission is mandatory during the first two days of the Statewide (A) and Late Southeast (3B) seasons in select deer permit areas.
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Visit the hunting and CWD sampling page for more information and sampling station locations.
Testing areas details
- Current deer feeding and attractants bans
The deer feeding and attractants ban has expanded and now includes Wabasha County. For definitions of feed, attractants and where the bans are currently in place, visit the feeding and attractant bans page for more information.
- 2017 sampling results
Fall 2017 mandatory CWD surveillance
Surveillance area Total samples collected Positive North-central 7,945 0 Central 2,623 0 Southeast
(excluding DPA 603)
CWD Management Zone (DPA 603) surveillance
Surveillance effort Total samples collected Positive Fall Hunting Seasons (Sept. 16- Dec. 31, 2017) 1,185 6 Late Hunt (Jan. 6-14, 2018) 275 0 Landowner Shooting Permits (Feb. 10 - Mar. 10, 2018) 19 0
For more information about CWD in Minnesota, including a map of known positives, please visit the About page.
- Southeast deer movement study
During March 2018, DNR used a helicopter company to live-capture deer in southeast Minnesota. These deer were equipped with GPS collars to track movements, particularly those of juvenile deer leaving their natal home ranges. This information will help us understand movements and potential spread of CWD in this area.
Collared and ear-tagged deer are not protected and any hunter may harvest them during a hunting season. If you do harvest a collared or ear-tagged deer, please notify DNR by calling 507-380-1858. If you capture any pictures of a collared deer and are willing to share, please email them to [email protected].
For more information about this project, please visit the southeast deer movement study page.