These videos provide valuable information related to chronic wasting disease, including instructions on how to collect lymph nodes for voluntary testing outside of surveillance areas, and demonstrations of how to quarter or cape your deer for legal importation into Minnesota or meet carcass movement restrictions if you have not received a "not detected" test result.
How to collect a lymph node sample
If you are not in a mandatory testing area, but would like to test your deer for CWD, you can voluntarily submit a sample to the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for a fee. This video shows you how to locate and extract the lymph nodes for that test. More information about testing is available on the lab's website or by phone at 612-625-8787.
How to quarter a deer
It is illegal to import a whole deer, elk or moose carcass into Minnesota, but you are allowed to transport whole quarters of deer if the head or spinal column is not attached. This video shows how you can properly prepare and quarter a carcass for legal importation to the state or legally remove meat from a deer harvested in deer permit area 603 before a not-postive test result is received.
Anyone who hunts cervids outside Minnesota should review more information about deer carcass import and movement restrictions.
How to cape a deer
If you would like to mount your deer, but prefer to cape your deer yourself instead of using a taxidermist, this video demonstrates the caping process so that you are able to legally bring your harvest into Minnesota and minimize the risk of spreading CWD. For European mounts, all brain and spinal tissue must be removed prior to bringing the head back to Minnesota.