Southeast Minnesota CWD management zone

Dates and information on this page apply to the 2020 season. Details for 2021 are expected to be available by Aug. 2.

General information

Ongoing detections of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa prompted the DNR to conduct voluntary surveillance in southeast Minnesota in 2016. That year, after detecting CWD in three wild deer in Fillmore County, the DNR implemented its response plan and established a CWD management zone (deer permit area 603). Surveillance continued in this area through 2018, and following additional detections and spread to new areas outside of DPA 603, including CWD-positive wild deer in Houston and Winona Counties, the management zone was expanded for the 2019 hunting season. It now includes additional deer permit areas, which have been renamed under the 600-series to signify CWD management in the area.

The southeast CWD management zone is all of DPAs 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649 and 655.

Minnesota’s CWD management zones are created when CWD is detected in wild deer. Regulations used in these zones (including increasing hunting opportunities with liberalized bag limits) reduce the risk of the disease spreading and help remove positive deer from the landscape.

Reducing deer densities in these areas reduces the risk of disease spreading. The DNR worked with U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services to complete targeted culling in February 2021 in localized areas (map here) where CWD has been detected in wild deer. Venison from deer harvested as part of agency culling was donated.

Map showing the DPAs included in the southeast CWD management zone: 655, 643, 347, 648, 645, 646, 649.

Map of the southeast disease management zone

Interactive map

Map of the areas of focus for 2021 USDA targeted culling in Minnesota

2020 hunting information

CWD sampling and testing

As part of the DNR’s COVID-19 response, CWD sampling is voluntary for all deer harvested in this CWD management zone. CWD sampling stations are available during all seasons (archery, firearms and muzzleloader).

  • The DNR highly encourages hunters to help by providing the head of any harvested adult deer (1 year or older) at a self-service sampling station during all hunting seasons.
  • Hunters may bring any deer harvested within the CWD management zone to get tested to any sampling station inside the management zone, but cannot bring their deer to a sampling station that is in the CWD control zone. 
  • Due to uncertainty of COVID-19, station locations could change in each area. Visit this page to see current sampling station locations.
  • 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.

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.
  • In the southeast CWD management zone, hunters may harvest up to three legal bucks per year. Hunters can take one buck under an archery license, one buck under a firearms license, and one buck under a muzzleloader license.
  • Bucks taken in the Southeast CWD management zone deer permit areas 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 an unlimited number of antlerless deer by purchasing an unlimited number of disease management permits for $2.50 to take 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 these zones.
  • Cross-tagging for antlered bucks is allowed in these zones.
  • Hunters may use either a Statewide (A) or a Late Southeast (B) license during any firearms season.

Is this area affected by carcass movement restrictions?

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

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2020 sampling location information

Sampling stations in the southeast CWD management zone

Map showing the DPAs included in the southeast CWD management zone (655, 643, 347, 648, 645, 646, 649) and sampling stations.

All locations have self-service sampling stations available 24/7, unless otherwise noted in the table. Look for an orange "CWD Sampling Station" sign and black barrel (examples: image 1; image 2).

CaledoniaHouston County Fairgrounds1316 E. Washington St.
Caledonia, MN 55921
ChatfieldMagnum Sports20 Main St. S.
Chatfield, MN 55923
DexterHamilton Auction Company130 State Highway 16
Dexter, MN 55926
HoustonBP Gas Station801 MN-16
Houston, MN 55943
KassonHardware Hank11 Fourth St. SE
Kasson, MN 55944
La CrescentLa Crescent Joint Public Works Facility450 S. Chestnut St.
La Crescent, MN 55947
LeRoyLake Louise State Park12385 766th Ave.
Le Roy, MN 55951
MabelSteam Engine Days Park90 E. Alpine Ave.
Mabel, MN 55944
PrestonDNR Forestry Office912 Houston St. NW
Preston, MN 55965
RochesterDNR shop at Gordy Yeager
WMA – Southwest Unit

280 Energy Parkway NE
Rochester, MN 55906

RushfordPam's Corner Convenience107 MN-16
Rushford, MN 55971 
St. CharlesWinona County Fairgrounds
(behind A&W All American
518 W. 6th St.
St. Charles, MN 55972
City Lot across from Spring
Valley Public Utilities
104 S. Section St.
Spring Valley, MN 55975 
StewartvilleBear Cave Park800 10th St. NW
Stewartville, MN 55976 
WinonaMills Fleet Farm920 E. Highway 61
Winona, MN 55987 
WinonaWilson Truck and Trailer Repair29622 County Road 12
Winona, MN 55987

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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.

Dumpsters for carcass disposal

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

CaledoniaHouston County Fairgrounds 1316 E. Washington St.
Caledonia, MN 55921
9/19/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
ChatfieldPope and Young Club273 Mille Creek Road NW
Chatfield MN 55923
11/7/2020 - 1/6/2021No
HarmonyWest of HarmonyNear intersection of 120th St and Kingbird Rd (319)11/7/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
HoustonStinson Country Style Meats402 W. Cedar St.
Houston, MN 55943
11/7/2020 - 1/6/2021No
La CrescentLa Crescent Joint Public Works Facility450 S. Chestnut St.
La Crescent, MN 55947
11/7/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
LeRoyLake Louise State Park12385 766th Ave.
LeRoy, MN 55951
11/7/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
MabelSteam Engine Days Park90 East Alpine Ave.
Mabel, MN 55954
11/7/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
PrestonDNR Forestry Office912 Houston St. NW
Preston, MN 55965
9/19/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
RochesterDNR shop at Gordon Yeager WMA - Southwest Unit280 Energy Parkway NE
Rochester, MN 55906
9/19/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
RushfordRushford DNR Shop305 Industrial Drive
Rushford, MN 55971
9/19/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
Spring ValleyCity Lot across from Spring Valley Public Utilities104 S. Section St.
Spring Valley, MN 55975
9/19/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
St. CharlesWinona County Fairgrounds (behind A&W All American Foods)518 West Sixth St.
St. Charles, MN 55972
9/19/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
StewartvilleBear Cave Park800 10th St. NW
Stewartville MN 55976
9/19/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
WilsonWilson Truck and Trailer Repair29622 County Road 12
Winona, MN 55987
11/7/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
WinonaMills Fleet Farm920 East Highway 61
Winona, MN 55987
9/19/2020 - 1/6/2021No

Fully equipped CWD caracass disposal stationNot all CWD carcass disposal stations are fully equipped as shown.

Meat processor options

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

ChatfieldR Four Meats24 SW Second St.55923507-867-4180Boneless trim only
DoverDover Processing, Inc.481 South Main St.55929507-932-8660Boneless trim only
Grand MeadowGrand Meadow Locker124 Main St. S.55936507-421-2862Boneless trim only
HarmonyOak Meadow Meats50 Ninth St. NE55939507-886-6328Boneless trim only
HoustonStinsons Country Style Meats402 W. Cedar St.55943507-896-2111Boneless trim only
LewistonPete's Meat & Processing110 Main St.55952507-523-2524Whole carcasses and trim
RochesterYe Olde Butcher Shoppe902 7th St. NW55901507-282-5908Boneless trim only
RushfordDoerrs Processing106 West Park St.55971507-864-7906Whole carcasses and trim
Spring ValleyOdy's Country Meats & Catering17643 121st Ave.55975507-346-2579Boneless trim only
WinonaWilson Smoke24580 Stonepoint Road55987507-454-6226Whole carcasses and trim

Taxidermist information for sampling trophy deer

If you want to have your trophy deer caped or mounted, the following taxidermists 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 taxidermist for sampling will result in a longer turnaround time for your CWD test results.

AlturaScenic Taxidermy21559 Only Ave.55910507-523-3307
CaledoniaRanney Whitetail Taxidermy6635 Gonia Drive55921608-387-2922
CaledoniaCrooked Creek Taxidermy12417 Knollwood Road55921507-459-8165
ChatfieldBones of Asgard1918 Highway 52 S.55923507-993-4226
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
RochesterVold's Taxidermy1807 Woodcrest Lane SW55902507-202-0616
RochesterGulden Taxidermy2411 50th Ave. SE55904507-288-7082
RochesterCoyote Creek Outdoors3600 Broadway Ave. S.55904507-289-8308
RushfordBruce Norton Taxidermy22994 Big Buck Drive55971507-864-7508
RushfordDoerr Meats106 Park St. W.55971507-864-7906
Spring GroveWiste Taxidermy105 Third Ave. SE55974507-498-5820
StewartvilleLarry's Taxidermy & Deer Processing12309 County Road 8 SE55976507-533-8710
WinonaPleasant Valley Taxidermy25403 County Road 1755987507-454-5195

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