CWD information for vehicle-killed deer

The following information is for those who have received a car kill deer possession permit from the Department of Natural Resources. It provides details of the conditions of the permit relating to chronic wasting disease.

Condition No. 2: Determine if the deer is from a CWD zone

CWD testing of vehicle-killed deer only affects the areas identified in the map below as CWD management and control zones. Deer outside of these areas may be moved freely and go untested. Click the interactive map button below to determine if you are in a CWD zone.

Condition No. 3: Comply with the following

A. Abide by carcass movement restrictions

Due to carcass movement restrictions in these CWD zones, only the following parts may leave the boundary before receiving a test result:

  • Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached; the main leg bone can remain in each quarter
  • Meat that is boned out or that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately) 
  • Hides and teeth
  • Antlers or clean (no brain tissue attached) skull plates with antlers attached

Whole carcasses of all deer, including fawns, taken within a CWD management zone must remain within the zone until a “not detected” test is confirmed. Those taken in the CWD control zone must remain in either the control zone or the southeast CWD management zone.

B. Submit a voluntary sample for CWD testing

Example of red tag at self-service sampling station.You may provide the head of the deer with 4 inches of neck attached for sampling.

  • If the deer was hit between Nov. 4-6, 2023: Bring the head to any sampling location inside the CWD zones. At the sampling location, fill the provided red tag out completely, and make sure to write down that this is a vehicle killed deer and write the ICR number from your issued permit. This will allow you to search for your individual test result. 

    Sampling station location information can be found on this interactive map, on pages 79-85 of the hunting regulations booklet or on the CWD management zone web page.
  • If the deer was hit any other time of the year: Make an appointment with a local DNR Wildlife office to get the deer sampled. These offices can be found on the DNR's office locator webpage. Please call the office ahead of time to make an appointment to ensure a DNR staff member is available to help.

The carcass cannot leave the zone until a test result is reported as “not detected” for CWD (see 3A, above). To check test results visit and type in your ICR number. If “not detected” is confirmed for your deer, you may move the whole carcass outside of the zone.  


Please email [email protected] or call 651-895-7434.

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