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.
Expanded feeding bans
Learn more about current deer feeding and attractant bans.
Share the harvest program
Venison from deer harvested as part of agency culling will be donated.
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.
Hunter quick links
Dakota County CWD positive
What hunters need to know
- Test results
- Southeast management and control zones
- North central management zone
- Central surveillance area
- Carcass movement restrictions
What we're doing
What you can do