CWD management zone

General information

The management zone includes areas where CWD has been detected in wild deer. This zone consists of DPAs, identified as the 600-series, where disease management actions are in place.

The management zone is DPAs 604, 605, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655.

Regulations used in these zones (including increased hunting opportunities with liberalized bag limits) reduce the risk of the disease spreading and help remove any additional positive deer from the landscape.

Map showing the DPAs in the CWD management zone: 604, 605, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655.

Map of the southeast disease management zone

2021 hunting information

CWD sampling and testing

CWD sampling is mandatory for all deer, 1 year of age or older, harvested in this zone for the opening weekend of both the firearms A and B seasons.

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 that opening weekend. (See the list below for staffed and self-service sampling options in your area.)
  • 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

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. Deer carcass movement restrictions apply during all seasons and for all deer, including fawns. A deer harvested in the management zone must stay within the management zone boundary where it was harvested (that is, within DPA 604, within DPA 605, or within the grouping of DPAs 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649 or 655).

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2021 sampling location information

Sampling stations in the CWD management zone

The tables below show sampling station locations, indicating the timeframes when they are staffed or self-service.

(Self-service sampling stations are available throughout all seasons if you wish to voluntary provide your deer for sampling. Look for an orange "CWD Sampling Station" sign and black or blue barrel (examples: image 1; image 2).)

Map showing the DPAs in the CWD management zone (604, 605, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655) and sampling stations.

Click to enlarge map.

DPA 604
Firearms A Opener
(Nov. 6-7)
Firearms B Opener
(Nov. 20-21)
Outside of firearms opening weekends 
AitkinDNR Wildlife Office 1200 Minnesota Ave. S., Aitkin, MN 56431Self-serviceN/ASelf-service
BrainerdDNR Wildlife Office1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401StaffedN/ASelf-service
CrosbyCuyuna Country State Recreation Area; Croft Mine Parking Area23150 Minnesota Highway 6, Crosby, MN 56441 (parking lot 250 yards east of address)StaffedN/ASelf-service
EmilyEmily Volunteer Fire Department20823 County Highway 1, Emily, MN 56447StaffedN/ASelf-service
NisswaEast Side Public Water Access for Gull Lake5056 Nashway Road, Nisswa, MN 56468StaffedN/ASelf-service
Pine RiverCass County Fairgrounds525 First St. N., Pine River, MN 56474Self-serviceN/ASelf-service
DPA 605
Firearms A Opener
(Nov. 6-7)
Firearms B Opener
(Nov. 20-21)
Outside of firearms opening weekends
Cannon FallsLake Byllesby Goodhue County Park5001 Highway 19, Boulevard, Cannon Falls, MN 55009StaffedStaffedSelf-service
FaribaultRice County Fairgrounds, enter off 2nd Ave. NW1814 2nd Ave. NW, Faribault, MN 55021StaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
HastingsLake Rebecca Park, first left off Lock and Dam Road415 Lock and Dam Road, Hastings, MN 55033StaffedStaffedSelf-service
KenyonKenyon Meats116 Spring St., Kenyon, MN 55946Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
LonsdaleRice County Highway Dept. shop110 5th Ave. NW, Lonsdale, MN 55046Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
MontgomeryEdel's Meat Locker124 1st St. N., Montgomery, MN 56069StaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
New Market/LakevilleNew Market Township Hall8950 230th St. E, Lakeville, MN 55044Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
New PragueSkluzacek's Quality Meats400 Main St. W., New Prague, MN 56071StaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
NorthfieldNorthfield Archery Range10353 Hall Ave., Northfield, MN 55057Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
RosemountDNR Wildlife Office15325 Babcock Ave. E., Rosemount, MN 55068Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
ShakopeeUSFWS parking lot — Wilkie unit5981 County Road 101, Shakopee, MN 55379StaffedStaffedSelf-service
DPAs 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655
(Nov. 6-7)
(Nov. 20-21)
Outside of firearms opening weekends
Caledonia Houston County Fairgrounds 1316 E. Washington St., Caledonia, MN 55921StaffedStaffedSelf-service
Chatfield Strongwell1610 US-52, Chatfield, MN 55923StaffedStaffedN/A
Chatfield Magnum Sports20 Main St. S., Chatfield, MN 55923Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
Dexter Hamilton Auction Company130 State Highway 16, Dexter, MN 55926Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
GrangerNorth of Granger near intersection of 120th St. and Kingbird Road (319)43.529806, -92.158889Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
Houston BP Gas Station 801 MN-16, Houston, MN 55943StaffedStaffedSelf-service
Kasson Hardware Hank 11 Fourth St. SE, Kasson, MN 55944StaffedStaffedSelf-service
La CrescentLa Crescent Joint Public Works Facility450 S. Chestnut St., La Crescent, MN 55947StaffedStaffedSelf-service
Le RoyLake Louise State Park12385 766th Ave., LeRoy, MN 55951Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
MabelSteam Engine Days Park90 E. Alpine Ave., Mabel, MN 55954StaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
PrestonDNR Forestry Office912 Houston St. NW, Preston, MN 55965StaffedStaffedSelf-service
RochesterDNR shop at Gordon Yeager WMA — Southwest Unit2300 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, MN 55906StaffedStaffedSelf-service
RushfordPam's Corner Convenience107 MN-16, Rushford, MN 55971StaffedStaffedSelf-service
Spring ValleyCity Lot across from Spring Valley Public Utilities104 S. Section St., Spring Valley, MN 55975Self-serviceSelf-serviceSelf-service
St. CharlesWinona County Fairgrounds (behind A&W All American Foods)518 W. 6th St., St. Charles, MN 55972StaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
StewartvilleBear Cave Park800 10th St. NW, Stewartville, MN 55976StaffedSelf-serviceSelf-service
WilsonWilson Truck and Trailer Repair29622 County Road 12, Winona, MN 55987StaffedStaffedSelf-service
WinonaFleet Farm920 E. Highway 61, Winona, MN 55987StaffedStaffedSelf-service

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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 will 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. Please check this page for updates on dumpster locations.

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