South metro CWD surveillance area

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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

The south metro surveillance area borders the south metro CWD management zone to help determine if there is widespread infection in the deer population of this are. The south metro CWD surveillance area consists of DPAs 292, 293, 338, 341 and the portion of 701 south of I-94/ US 12.

Map highlighting the DPAs included in the south metro CWD surveillance area: 292, 293, 338, 341 and 701.

Map of the south metro surveillance area

Interactive map

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 surveillance area. CWD sampling stations were available during the regular firearms deer season; most have been removed, but two are still available. Hunters who harvest a deer from this area may use these stations or have their deer tested by setting up an appointment with a wildlife office in this surveillance area.  

  • 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.
  • 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?

All regular season rules apply. There are no special restrictions or exceptions on harvest in this area.

Is this area affected by carcass movement restrictions?

No. There are no deer carcass movement restrictions for deer taken in any CWD surveillance area, or any area outside of a CWD management or control zone.

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2020 sampling locations

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 1image 2).

MontgomeryEdel's Meat Market (enter from Spruce St.)124 First St. N.
Montgomery, MN 56069
New PragueSkluzacek's Quality Meats400 Main St W.
New Prague, MN 56071

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.

Hunters in this surveillance area may also use taxidermists in the south metro disease management zone (but hunters in the south metro disease management zone cannot use surveillance area options due to carcass movement restrictions).

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CarverChad Sayre Taxidermy1005 Sunny Ridge Drive55315612-414-7677
Coon RapidsAir Cav Taxidermy1350 107th Ave NW55433612-219-4934
ExcelsiorJim's Lakeland Taxidermy3001 Highway 755331952-215-5827
GoodhueLeland Ledford Taxidermy103 3rd Ave.55027507-990-5882
GreenfieldGreenfields Taxidermy6975 Pioneer Trail55357763-498-8400
RosevilleWayne Dubiel Taxidermy904 Millwood Ave.55113651-483-5233
St. PaulLin's Taxidermy1122 Lane Place55106651-774-4590
White Bear LakeDBA White Bear Taxidermy4911 Long Ave.55110651-429-3432
Zumbro FallsBear Valley Taxidermy59057 County Road 755991507-843-4386

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