CWD management zones

Chronic wasting disease 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.

Deer permit areas included

  • 179 (now 679), 261 (now 661), 604, 605, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649 and 655.

Requirements

  • Testing is mandatory during the opening weekend of the firearms A season (Nov. 5-6).
  • Carcass movement restrictions are in place. Deer harvested in any season cannot be moved out of a management zone until a "not-detected" test result is received. Hunters can transport properly quartered or boned meat - make plans to process your deer.
  • Deer feeding and attractant bans may be in place. Deer permit areas (DPAs) do not necessarily follow county lines. A DPA may only partially overlap with a county that has a deer feeding and attractant ban in place.

Special regulations

  • Hunters can 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 179 (now 679), 261 (now 661), 604 and 605, hunters may harvest only one buck per year.
  • In DPAs 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649 and 655, a hunter can 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 and the DPA 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.
  • Disease management permits may be used in management zones. Permits are $2.50 each and can be used to harvest an antlerless deer. 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.

CWD sampling options available to hunters include:

*Self-service sampling stations will no longer be available in archery and muzzleloader seasons for DPAs located in management zones.

**Wildlife management area offices can only take appointments during regular business hours, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How to prepare

Screenshot of township, range and section (PLS) location on DNR's recreation compass
  • Deer must be registered before sampling.
  • Hunters who harvest a deer either Saturday, Nov. 5 or Sunday, Nov. 6 in DPAs requiring mandatory sampling must have any adult deer (1 year or older) sampled.
  • Hunters will need their Public Land Survey (PLS) number at staffed and self-service sampling stations so the township, range and section of your harvest can be recorded. Zoom completely in to your harvest location on recreation compass and click. Write down the PLS number that appears in the popup box.
  • Dumpsters for proper carcass disposal will be available in CWD control zones. Some of these dumpsters will have quartering stations, so hunters can transport meat from untested deer out of the CWD control zone. A list will be posted here when finalized.

Locations

Staffed sampling stations are open from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 – Monday, Nov. 7. Staffed sampling stations will be open Monday, Nov. 7 to allow hunters who harvest a deer late in the evening Sunday, Nov. 6 the ability to submit a sample.

Use the show entries, search and sort features to locate and list sampling stations, quartering stations and dumpsters available for the DPAs in which you hunt. Available dumpsters (D) and quartering stations (QS) are listed in the the Dumpster column.

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DPAsCityLocationAddressDumpsterStatus
Nov. 5-7
Dates Open
604AitkinDNR wildlife office1200 Minnesota Ave. SD • QSSelf-serviceNov. 5-20
604BrainerdDNR wildlife office1601 Minnesota DriveD • QSStaffedNov. 5-20
604CrosbyCroft Mine Historical Park23150 Minnesota Highway 6D • QSStaffedNov. 5-20
604EmilyEmily Volunteer Fire Department20837 County Highway 1D • QSStaffedNov. 5-20
604NisswaEast side public water access for Gull Lake5056 Nashway RoadD • QSStaffedNov. 5-20
604Pine RiverCass County Fairgrounds525 First Street ND • QSSelf-serviceNov. 5-20
605Cannon FallsLake Byllesby Goodhue County Park5001 Highway 19 Blvd.NoneStaffedNov. 5-28
605FaribaultRice County Fairgrounds1814 2nd Ave. NWNoneStaffedNov. 5-28
605HastingsLake Rebecca Park415 Lock and Dam RoadNoneStaffedNov. 5-28
605LonsdaleRice County Highway Department shop110 5th Ave. NWNoneStaffedNov. 5-28
605New Market/LakevilleNew Market Township Hall8950 230th St. ENoneSelf-serviceNov. 5-28
605New PragueSkluzacek's Quality Meats400 Main Street WestNoneStaffedNov. 5-28
605NorthfieldNorthfield Archery Range10353 Hall Ave.NoneSelf-serviceNov. 5-28
605RosemountDNR wildlife office15325 Babcock Ave. ENoneSelf-serviceNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655CaledoniaDNR forestry office805 N Highway 44D • QSNo samplingNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655CaledoniaHouston County Fairgrounds1316 E. Washington St.NoneStaffedNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655ChatfieldStrongwell1610 US-52NoneStaffedNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655ChatfieldMagnum Sports20 Main Street SouthNoneSelf-serviceNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655HoustonBP Gas Station801 E. Cedar St.D • QSStaffedNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655KassonHardware Hank11 4th Street SEDStaffedNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655La CrescentLa Crescent Joint Public Works facility450 South Chestnut StD • QSStaffedNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655MabelSteam Engine Days Park90 E. Alpine Ave.D • QSStaffedNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655PrestonDNR forestry office912 Houston St. NWD • QSStaffedNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655RochesterDNR shop, Gordon Yeager WMA280 Energy Parkway NED • QSStaffedNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655RushfordPam's Corner Convenience107 MN-16, RushfordD • QSStaffedNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655Spring ValleyCity lot across from Spring Valley Public Utilities101 South Section StD • QSStaffedNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655St. CharlesWinona County Fairgrounds518 W. 6th St.D • QSStaffedNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655StewartvilleBear Cave Park800 10th St. NWD • QSStaffedNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655WilsonWilson Truck and Trailer Repair29622 County Road 12D • QSStaffedNov. 5-28
643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655WinonaFleet Farm920 US-61DStaffedNov. 5-28
661 (261)OsloOslo City Red River boat launchBridge Street & 2nd Ave. WD • QSStaffedNov. 5-13
661 (261)CrookstonKustom Kollision807 Marin Ave.D • QSStaffedNov. 5-13
661 (261)East Grand ForksCabela's210 Demers Ave. NWDStaffedNov. 5-13
661 (261)ClimaxTronne's Farm parking area101 West BroadwayD • QSStaffedNov. 5-13
679 (179)Deer RiverDNR forestry station403 Division StreetD • QSStaffedNov. 5-20
679 (179)Grand RapidsDNR northeast regional headquarters1201 East Highway 2D • QSStaffedNov. 5-20
679 (179)Hill CitySunny's Gas Station35558 Highway 200 EastD • QSStaffedNov. 5-20
679 (179)NashwaukSinclair station830 1st St.NoneStaffedNov. 5-20
679 (179)Swan RiverLucky Seven One Stop16282 US-2D • QSStaffedNov. 5-20
679 (179)TalmoonLittle Turtle Lake Store49926 MN-6D • QSStaffedNov. 5-20