Southeast Minnesota CWD control zone

General information

A newly established control zone in southeast Minnesota borders the southeast CWD management zone to help prevent further spread of disease. The southeast CWD control zone includes permit areas 255, 343 and 344.

2019 hunting information

CWD sampling and testing

  • Hunters must present all deer, in person, at a CWD sampling location during the first two days of both the A and B firearms seasons (Nov. 9–10 and Nov. 23–24); fawns must be presented to confirm age and will only be tested upon voluntary submission.
  • Hunters may bring any deer harvested within the control zone to any sampling station either inside the control zone or CWD management zone. 
  • At the sampling station, a special carcass tag will be attached to the deer to verify sampling and/or age.
  • During the archery, muzzleloader and remaining firearms season, hunters may voluntarily submit deer heads at self-service sampling stations that are within either the control zone or management zone. 

What can I harvest?

  • Hunters may harvest only one buck per hunter per year.
  • Hunters may cross-tag bucks.
  • Antler point restrictions are canceled in this zone. 
  • Hunters must use a Statewide (A) or a Late Southeast (B) license for the respective firearms season.

Is this area affected by carcass movement restrictions?

Yes. Deer carcass movement restrictions apply during all seasons for all deer, including fawns.

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Map highlighting the DPAs included in the southeast CWD control zone: 255, 343, 344.

Map of the southeast control management zone

Interactive map

2019 sampling locations for archery, muzzleloader and firearms

Sampling stations in the southeast CWD control zone, Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 23-Nov. 24

Map highlighting the DPAs included in the southeast CWD control zone (255, 343, 344) and sampling stations within the southeast control and management zones.

  • Archery and muzzleloader seasons: All locations have self-service sampling stations available 24/7 during archery, muzzleloader and unstaffed portions of the firearms seasons.
    Look for an orange "CWD Sampling Station" sign and black barrel (examples: image 1image 2).
  • Firearms seasons: Locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 23-Nov. 24, unless otherwise noted in the table.
AustinJay C. Hormel Nature Center
(staffed during firearms A opening weekend, Nov. 9-10)
1304 21st Street NE
PlainviewKreofsky Do It Best Building865 Enterprise Drive SW
Pine IslandNext to Dollar General and at the intersection of
1st Ave. NE and County Rd. 11/Center Drive
222 Center Drive
AlturaWhitewater WMA Wildlife Office15035 Highway 74

What do I do with my carcass after sampling?

After providing a deer sample, 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. Please check this page for updates on dumpster locations.

Alternately, hunters may work with meat processors within the zone; some options are listed below.

Dumpsters for carcass disposal

Dumpster locations are listed when they are available for the hunting season.

Meat processor options

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The following is a list of some meat processors in the area. Use at your own discretion and call for availability first.

Hunters may also use meat processors in the southeast disease management zone (but hunters in the southeast disease management zone cannot use control zone options due to carcass movement restrictions).

NameCityAddressPhoneProcess whole or trim?

R Four Meats


24 SW 2nd St.


Call for availability

Dover Processing, Inc.


481 South Main St.


Boneless trim only

Bluff Country MeatsEitzen

106 E. Main St.


Whole or trim
Burt's Meat & PoultryEyota

 114 Center Ave.


Whole carcass

Grand Meadow Locker

Grand Meadow

124 Main St. S


Boneless trim only

Oak Meadow Meats


50 9th Street NE


Boneless trim only

Stinson's Country MeatsHouston

402 W Cedar St.


Whole or trim
Pete's Meat & ProcessingLewiston

110 Main St.


Whole carcass
Ye Olde Butcher ShoppeRochester

902 7th St. NW 


Boneless trim only
Doerr Meat Processing

106 W. Park St.


Whole carcass
Ody’s Country MeatsSpring Valley

17643 121st Ave.


Boneless trim only
Valley Butchery & Meat MarketSpring Valley

624 N Pleasant St.


Boneless trim only
Krenzke MeatsSt. Charles

1430 Whitewater Ave.


Boneless trim only
Wilson SmokeWinona

24580 Stonepoint Road



Taxidermist information for sampling trophy deer

The taxidermists listed below are trained in sample collection. If you bring your trophy deer to one of these taxidermists to have it caped or mounted, the taxidermist will collect the lymph node samples and deliver them to the DNR for testing. If you use one of these taxidermists, you will satisfy the mandatory sampling requirements. Once your deer is caped and the skull plate removed, you can bring the cape and cleaned skull plate with attached antlers to your taxidermist of choice for final mounting.

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

Other taxidermists in this area can be used if the caped out head is brought to a sampling station.

Hunters may also use taxidermists in the southeast disease management zone (but hunters in the southeast disease management zone cannot use control zone options due to carcass movement restrictions).

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John SalekJohn Salek Taxidermist435 E. BroadwayPlainview55964507-534-2867
Mark RigottiViola Taxidermy3807 Thomas St. NEViola55934507-876-2525

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