CWD management zones

General information for all permit areas

CWD has been found in wild deer in these areas. Multiple management actions designed to help mitigate disease spread are in place, including a deer feeding ban and increased hunting opportunities with liberalized bag limits.

CWD management zones

DPASampling Interactive map
604Required
Map highlighting the DPAs included in the CWD surveillance zone, where an * denotes a portion of the DPA: 110, 157*, 159, 184, 169*, 197, 213, 225*, 233, 235*, 236*, 273, 292, 293, 338, 341, 342, 701*.

Map of management zones

605Required
643Required
645Required
646Required
647Required
648Required
649Required
655Required

Hunting information

Testing required

CWD sampling is mandatory for all deer, 1 year of age or older, harvested in this zone for opening weekend of the firearms A (Nov.6-7) season.

Sampling in southeastern Minnesota also is mandatory during opening weekend of the late B (Nov. 20-21) season.

CWD sampling stations, either staffed or self-service, will be available during these weekends.

  • Hunters must bring any harvested adult deer (1 year or older) to a sampling station during opening weekends.
  • Staffed sampling stations are open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Self-service sampling stations are open through Monday, Nov. 8, and Monday, Nov. 22.
  • Deer must be registered before sampling.
  • You will need to provide the township, range and section of your harvest location. Maps are provided at each station, but hunters are encouraged to have this information for their location of harvest prior to arriving.

Outside of opening weekend, hunters who harvest a deer from this area may have their deer tested by voluntarily submitting the head at any of the self-service sampling stations in the zone.

The time it takes to receive CWD test results will vary depending on the number of samples collected. Process your deer as you normally would. Keep processed deer separate and identifiable until test results are received.

Test results for all deer that are sampled will be available online at mndnr.gov/cwdcheck.

Know the township, range and section of your harvest

You will need to provide the township, range and section of the location where you harvested your deer.

Maps are provided at each station but hunters are encouraged to have this information for their location of harvest prior to arriving by using a cell phone or GPS device.

The DNR's recreation compass allows you to lookup the township, range and section (PLS). Simply display the satellite imagery and click the harvest location on the map.

To see how, click the image at right. You can do this anywhere; you do not need to be at the location of your harvest.

How to get township, range and section from the DNR's recreation compass
  1. Click the icon at the lower left to display satellite imagery.

  2. Click the location of your harvest.

  3. Township, range and section appear as a PLS number in the pop-up box.

What can I harvest?
  • Either sex with a regular license.
  • Hunters may use either a Statewide (A) or a Late Southeast (B) license during any firearms season.
  • In DPAs 604 and 605, hunters may harvest only one buck per year.
  • Only in DPAs 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649 and 655 can a hunter harvest up to three legal bucks per year. A hunter can take one buck under an archery license, one buck under a firearms license, and one buck under a muzzleloader license. These bucks do not count toward the one buck limit elsewhere in the state, but do count toward the license limit. For example, a hunter can take one buck with a firearms license in DPA 643 and another buck with a muzzleloader license in DPA 171.
  • Hunters may harvest antlerless deer by purchasing disease management permits for $2.50 each. These permits may be used instead of bonus permits to take antlerless deer in this area.
  • Antler point restrictions (APR) are canceled in this zone.
  • Cross-tagging for antlered bucks is allowed in this zone.
Is this area affected by carcass movement restrictions?

Yes. You cannot take the carcass out of this permit area or, in the southeast, the grouping of permit areas designated as management zones until you receive a "not detected" test result.

Use our make a plan tool to properly prepare the meat for legal removal and transport prior to receiving a test result.

Review the complete deer carcass movement restrictions, which apply during all seasons for all deer, including fawns.

Staffed sampling stations are open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Self-service sampling stations are available through Monday, Nov. 8.

In southeastern Minnesota deer permit areas, self-service stations also are available through Monday, Nov. 22, for the late B season hunt.

Self-service sampling stations will have an orange "CWD Sampling Station" sign and black barrel. Watch this video to see how to use a sampling station.

DPA 604
Staffed stations open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Self-service stations remain available through Monday, Nov. 8.
View map
CityLocationAddressMandatory:
Firearms A
(Nov. 6-7)
Voluntary:
All other
season dates
AitkinDNR Wildlife Office1200 Minnesota Ave. S.Self-serviceSelf-service
BrainerdDNR Wildlife Office1601 Minnesota DriveStaffedSelf-service
CrosbyCuyuna Country State Recreation Area; Croft Mine Parking Area23150 Minnesota Highway 6 (parking lot 250 yards east of address)StaffedSelf-service
EmilyEmily Volunteer Fire Department20823 County Highway 1StaffedSelf-service
NisswaEast Side Public Water Access for Gull Lake5056 Nashway RoadStaffedSelf-service
Pine RiverCass County Fairgrounds525 First St. N.Self-serviceSelf-service
DPA 605
Staffed stations open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Self-service stations remain available through Monday, Nov. 8, and Monday, Nov. 22.
View map
CityLocationAddressMandatory:
Firearms A Opener
(Nov. 6-7)
Mandatory:
Firearms B Opener
(Nov. 20-21)
Voluntary:
Outside of firearms opening weekends
Cannon FallsLake Byllesby Goodhue County Park5001 Highway 19 BoulevardStaffedStaffedSelf-service
FaribaultRice County Fairgrounds, enter off 2nd Ave. NW1814 2nd Ave. NWStaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
HastingsLake Rebecca Park, first left off Lock and Dam Road415 Lock and Dam RoadStaffedStaffedSelf-service
KenyonKenyon Meats116 Spring St.Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
LonsdaleRice County Highway Dept. shop110 5th Ave. NWSelf-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
MontgomeryEdel's Meat Locker124 1st St. N.StaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
New Market/LakevilleNew Market Township Hall8950 230th St. E, LakevilleSelf-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
New PragueSkluzacek's Quality Meats400 Main St. W.StaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
NorthfieldNorthfield Archery Range10353 Hall Ave.Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
RosemountDNR Wildlife Office15325 Babcock Ave. E.Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
ShakopeeUSFWS parking lot — Wilkie unit5981 County Road 101StaffedStaffedSelf-service
DPAs 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655
Staffed stations open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Self-service stations remain available through Monday, Nov. 8, and Monday, Nov. 22.
View map
CityLocationAddressMandatory:
Firearms A Opener
(Nov. 6-7)
Mandatory:
Firearms B Opener
(Nov. 20-21)
Voluntary:
Outside of firearms opening weekends
CaledoniaHouston County Fairgrounds1316 E. Washington St.StaffedStaffedSelf-service
ChatfieldStrongwell1610 US-52StaffedStaffedN/A
ChatfieldMagnum Sports20 Main St. S.Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
DexterHamilton Auction Company130 State Highway 16Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
GrangerNorth of Granger near intersection of 120th St. and Kingbird Road (319)GPS: 43.529806, -92.158889Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
HoustonBP Gas Station801 MN-16StaffedStaffedSelf-service
KassonHardware Hank11 Fourth St. SEStaffedStaffedSelf-service
La CrescentLa Crescent Joint Public Works Facility450 S. Chestnut St.StaffedStaffedSelf-service
LeRoyLake Louise State Park12385 766th Ave.Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
MabelSteam Engine Days Park90 E. Alpine Ave.StaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
PrestonDNR Forestry Office912 Houston St. NWStaffedStaffedSelf-service
RochesterDNR shop at Gordon Yeager WMA — Southwest Unit2300 Silver Creek Road NEStaffedStaffedSelf-service
RushfordPam's Corner Convenience107 MN-16StaffedStaffedSelf-service
Spring ValleyCity Lot across from Spring Valley Public Utilities104 S. Section St.Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
St. CharlesWinona County Fairgrounds (behind A&W All American Foods)518 W. 6th St.StaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
StewartvilleBear Cave Park800 10th St. NWStaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
WilsonWilson Truck and Trailer Repair29622 County Road 12StaffedStaffedSelf-service
WinonaFleet Farm920 E. Highway 61StaffedStaffedSelf-service

What do I do with my carcass after sampling?

Deer carcasses must be disposed of properly to meet deer carcass movement restrictions

To help hunters comply with these legal carcass movement restrictions, the DNR set up dumpsters where hunters can dispose of carcasses (head and spinal column) after quartering or butchering so they can leave the CWD areas immediately. Not all locations may be fully equipped as shown below.Fully equipped CWD caracass disposal station

Dumpsters for carcass disposal

DPA 604

The following shows current disposal locations. Locations may change. Please check regularly for up-to-date information. 

CityLocationAddressDates availableQuartering station
AitkinDNR area wildlife office1200 Minnesota Ave. S.9/16/2021 - 1/3/2022Yes
BrainerdDNR area wildlife office1601 Minnesota Drive9/16/2021 - 1/3/2022Yes
CrosbyCuyuna Country State Recreation Area/Croft Mine Parking Area23150 Minnesota Highway 611/4/2021 - 11/23/2021Yes
EmilyEmily Volunteer Fire Department20823 County Highway 19/16/2021 - 1/3/2022Yes
Pine RiverCass County Fairgrounds525 First St. N11/4/2021-11/23/2021Yes
NisswaEast side public water access, Gull Lake5056 Nashway Road11/4/2021-11/23/2021Yes
DPA 605

The following shows current disposal locations. Locations may change. Please check regularly for up-to-date information. 

CityLocationAddressDates availableQuartering station
Cannon FallsLake Byllesby Goodhue County Park5001 Highway 1911/4/2021 - 11/23/2021No
FaribaultRice County Fairgrounds, enter off 2nd Ave. NW1814 2nd Ave. NW9/16/2021 - 1/5/2022Yes
HastingsLake Rebacca Park, first left off Lock & Dam Road415 Lock & Dam Road11/4/2021 - 11/30/2021No
LonsdaleRice County Highway Dept. shop110 5th Ave. NW9/16/2021 - 1/5/2022Yes
New Market/LakevilleNew Market Township Hall8950 230th St. E.
Lakeville
11/14/2021 - 11/30/2021Yes
RosemountDNR area wildlife office15325 Babcock Ave. E9/16/2021 - 1/5/2022Yes
ShakopeeU.S. Fish & Wildlife Service parking lot5981 County Road 1019/16/2021 - 1/5/2022No
DPAs 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655

The following shows current disposal locations. Locations may change. Please check regularly for up-to-date information. 

CityLocationAddressDates availableQuartering station
CaledoniaDNR Forestry Office (back parking lot past garage)805 N. Highway 4411/4/2021-1/5/2022No
GrangerNorth of Granger near intersection of 120th St. and Kingbird Road (319)GPS Coordinates: 43.529806, -92.15888911/4/2021 - 11/30/2021Yes
HoustonBP Gas Station801 MN-1611/4/2021 - 1/5/2022Yes
KassonHardware Hank11 Fourth St. SE11/4/2021 - 11/30/2021No
La CrescentLa Crescent Joint Public Works Facility450 S. Chestnut St.11/4/2021 - 1/5/2022Yes
LeRoyLake Louise State Park12385 766th Ave.11/4/2021 - 11/30/2021Yes
MabelSteam Engine Days Park90 East Alpine Ave.11/4/2021 - 11/30/2021Yes
PrestonDNR Forestry Office912 Houston St. NW9/16/2021 - 1/5/2022Yes
RochesterDNR shop at Gordon Yeager WMA - Southwest Unit280 Energy Parkway NE9/16/2021 - 1/5/2022Yes
RushfordRushford DNR Shop305 Industrial Drive9/19/2020 - 1/5/2021Yes
Spring ValleyCity Lot across from Spring Valley Public Utilities104 S. Section St.9/16/2021 - 1/5/2022Yes
St. CharlesWinona County Fairgrounds (behind A&W All American Foods)518 West Sixth St.9/16/2021 - 1/5/2022Yes
StewartvilleBear Cave Park800 10th St. NW9/16/2021 - 1/5/2022Yes
WilsonWilson Truck and Trailer Repair29622 County Road 129/16/2021 - 1/5/2022Yes
WinonaMills Fleet Farm920 East Highway 619/16/2021 - 1/5/2022No

Information for sampling trophy deer

If you want to have your trophy deer caped or mounted, the following partners can collect the lymph node samples and deliver them to the DNR for voluntary testing. Taxidermists may charge a fee to cape out your deer prior to extracting the samples. Please contact them ahead of time to schedule an appointment or make sure they are available.

Using a partner for sampling will result in a longer turnaround time for your CWD test results.

DPA 604
CityBusinessAddressZip codePhone
BrainerdDavid Ringstrom20334 Lancelot Lane56401218-829-5666
EmilyJones Taxidermy of Emily39990 State Highway 6 N56447218-763-2393
DPA 605
CityBusinessAddressZip codePhone
HamptonCorcoran Taxidermy23485 Hampton Boulevard55031651-437-5256
LakevilleJames Christenson16952 Jasper Path55044952-210-7672
LonsdaleCK Taxidermy8275 70th St. W55046320-760-4297
SavageMid-America Taxidermy8875 W. Highway 10155378952-445-6646
SavageWild Images in Motion3961 W. 143rd St.55378952-210-8672
DPAs 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655
CityBusinessAddressZip codePhone
AlturaScenic Taxidermy21559 Only Ave.55910507-523-3307
CaledoniaRanney Whitetail Taxidermy6635 Gonia Drive55921608-387-2922
ChatfieldM & M Taxidermy110 Ave. B NE55923507-696-8588
HoustonNick's Skull Cleaning3251 Highway 7655943507-896-2056
HoustonPeterson Taxidermy817 E. Cedar St.55943507-896-3129
La CrescentSpent Arrow Taxidermy1497 Claudia Ave.55947608-498-9243
LewistonBreezy Ridge Taxidermy12 Williams St.55952507-272-5411
RacineFour Seasons Taxidermy32283 750th Ave.55967507-421-7025
RochesterCoyote Creek Outdoors3600 Broadway Ave. S.55904507-289-8308
RochesterGulden Taxidermy2411 50th Ave. SE55904507-288-7082
RochesterLost Creek Taxidermy73 90th St. NW55901507-358-0910
RochesterVold's Taxidermy1807 Woodcrest Lane SW55902507-202-0616
RushfordDoerr Meats106 Park Street North55971507-864-7906
RushfordNortons Lost Arrow Taxidermy22994 Big Buck Drive55971507-864-7508
Spring GroveWiste Taxidermy105 Third Ave. SE55974507-498-5820
Spring ValleySmitty's Taxidermy301 Center Ave.55975507-378-2840
StewartvilleLarry's Taxidermy12309 County Road 8 SE55976507-533-8710