South metro CWD management zone

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Unless otherwise specified, all dates and information on this page apply to the 2020 season. Details for 2021 are expected to be available by Aug. 2. Some season dates for 2021 and beyond are available by browsing to the section of your choice on the hunting season dates listing.

General information

This management zone was created after the DNR discovered a CWD-positive wild deer in the spring of 2020 in Dakota County. The area is approximately a 15-mile radius around the positive deer and was created from portions of DPAs 701, 338, 292, 293, and all of DPA 339.

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 south metro CWD management zone: 605

Map of the south metro disease management zone

Interactive map

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 anywhere outside of this 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.
  • Hunters may harvest only one buck per hunter per year.
  • 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 this zone.
  • Cross-tagging for antlered bucks is allowed in this zone.
  • 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 south metro CWD management zone

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).

Cannon FallsLake Byllesby Goodhue County Park5001 Highway 19 Blvd.
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
FaribaultRice County Fairgrounds (enter off 2nd Ave. NW)1814 2nd Ave. NW
Faribault, MN 55021
HastingsLake Rebecca Park (first left off Lock and Dam Road)415 Lock and Dam Road
Hastings, MN 55033
KenyonKenyon Meats116 Spring St.
Kenyon, MN 55904
LonsdaleRice County Highway Department110 5th Ave. NW
Lonsdale, MN 55046
MontgomeryEdel's Meat Market (enter from Spruce St.)124 First St. N.
Montgomery, MN 56069
New Market/ LakevilleNew Market Township Hall8950 230th St E.
Lakeville, MN 55044
New PragueSkluzacek's Quality Meats400 Main St W.
New Prague, MN 56071
RosemountVermillion Highlands DNR Wildlife Office15325 Babcock Ave. East
Rosemount, MN 55068
ShakopeeU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Wilkie Unit parking lot5981 County Road 101
Shakopee, MN 55379

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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.

Cannon FallsLake Byllesby Goodhue County Park5001 Highway 19 Blvd.
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
11/7/2020 - 1/6/2021No

Rice County Fairgrounds (enter off 2nd Ave. NW)

1814 2nd Ave NW
Faribault, MN 55021

9/19/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
HastingsLake Rebecca Park (first left off Lock and Dam Road)415 Lock and Dam Road
Hastings, MN 55033
11/7/2020 - 12/1/2020No

Rice County Highway Department shop

110 5th Ave NW
Lonsdale, MN 55046
9/19/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
RosemountVermillion Highlands DNR Wildlife Office15325 Babcock Ave. E.
Rosemount, MN 55068
9/19/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes
ShakopeeU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Wilkie Unit parking lot5981 County Road 101
Shakopee, MN 55379
9/19/2020 - 1/6/2021Yes

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.

DennisonDennison Meat Locker109 Farm Road55018507-645-8734Whole carcasses and trim
KenyonKenyon Meats116 Spring St.55946507-789-5417Whole carcasses and trim
MontgomeryEdel's Meat Market116 First St. N.56069507-364-7710Whole carcasses and trim
NerstrandNerstrand Meat Market231 Main St.55053507-334-5396Boneless trim only
New PragueSkluzacek's Quality Meats, LLC400 W. Main St.56071952-758-6328Whole 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.

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BurnsvilleMinnesota Valley Taxidermy14205 Ewing Ave. S.55306952-707-8387
HamptonCorcoran Taxidermy23485 Hampton Blvd.55031651-437-5256
JordanMark Popp Taxidermy23630 Jirik Ave.55353952-913-7177
LakevilleJames Christenson Taxidermy16952 Jasper Path55044952-892-7672
LonsdaleCK Taxidermy8275 70th St. W.55046320-760-4297
SavageMid America Taxidermy8875 W. Highway 10155378952-445-6646
SavageWild Images in Motion3961 West 143rd St.55378952-210-8672

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