These videos provide valuable information related to chronic wasting disease, including 2019 season and carcass movement restriction information; instructions on how to collect lymph nodes for voluntary testing outside of surveillance areas or use a self-service sampling station, 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.
2019 CWD information
Get an overview of important CWD information for hunters in the 2019 season. Learn what steps are in place to protect the long-term health of Minnesota's white-tailed deer and how you can help keep our state's herd healthy.
Carcass movement restriction information
Learn about 2019 season deer carcass movement restrictions, and what's required to legally transport deer carcasses out of the chronic wasting disease management and control zones.
How to use a self-service sampling station
Learn what to expect and how to use a self-service sampling station to provide a sample for mandatory CWD testing.
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 a CWD management or control zone before a not-positive 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.