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.

Map of portion of Minnesota showing the fall 2021 CWD zones.

Register for upcoming public meetings in Beltrami County

Two public information meetings are scheduled to discuss CWD in the Beltrami County area. Officials from the DNR wildlife health and big game programs, along with partner representatives from the Board of Animal Health and the Minnesota Center for Prion Research and Outreach, will present information and answer questions about CWD at each of the meetings.

Register and submit your questions in advance using the links below.

  • Bemidji High School commons (2900 Division St. W., Bemidji) on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. Register here.
  • Kelliher High School commons (345 4th St. NW, Kelliher) on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. Register here.

Changes for 2021 hunting season

CWD testing is mandatory in all disease zones the opening weekends of firearms A and B seasons. (Outside of opening weekends, voluntary sampling options are available for deer harvested in these zones.)

Several deer permit areas (184, 110, 197, a portion of deer permit area 169, 233 and 342) have been added to the surveillance zone.

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Get test results

Visit the CWD test result page to find your results.

View updates

2021 season regulations available

Read about new changes for the deer hunting season, and download the regulations book and the fold-out 2021 Deer Season Area Map.

Expanded feeding bans

Learn more about current deer feeding and attractant bans.

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.