West-central CWD surveillance area


General information

The west-central surveillance area was created after a deer at a deer farm in Douglas County tested positive for CWD in late 2019. The area consists of DPAs 213 and 273.

Map highlighting the DPAs included in the south metro CWD surveillance area: portions of DPAs 157, 225, 235, 236, and all of DPA 159.

Map of the west-central surveillance area

2020 hunting information

CWD sampling and testing

As part of the DNR’s COVID-19 response, CWD sampling is voluntary for all deer 1 year of age or older harvested in this CWD surveillance area.

Hunters can provide samples at CWD sampling stations starting Oct. 15 until the goal is reached. (When this goal is met, the self-service sampling stations will be removed and a sign will be posted in their place.) Alternately, hunters may bring their deer to the listed vendors below during any season, after making an appointment with them.

This area uses a risk-based surveillance method that assigns a number of points to a deer based on its age/sex as it relates to value for disease detection, and each DPA has a separate point goal (DPA 213: 862 points; DPA 273: 385 points).

  • 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 mndnr.gov/cwdcheck.

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

Map highlighting the DPAs in the west-central CWD surveillance area (portions of DPAs 213 and 273) and sampling stations in this area.

Starting Oct. 15 until the goal is reached, all locations have self-service sampling stations available 24/7. Look for an orange "CWD Sampling Station" sign and black barrel (examples: image 1image 2).


Bear Paw Taxidermy

4758 State Highway 29 N.
Alexandria, MN 56308
Eagle BendShirley’s Gas and Grocery411 U.S. Hwy 71
Eagle Bend, MN 56466
Elbow LakeWest Central Skulls618  Eighth Ave. SE
Elbow Lake, MN 56531
GlenwoodCenex330 County Road 21 S.
Glenwood, MN 56334
KensingtonCrossroads Convenience Store 11 Railway St. 
Kensington, MN, 56343
Long PrairieLong Prairie Fleet Supply940 Commerce Road
Long Prairie, MN 56347
OsakisHead of Lakes Resort15080 Gardenia Drive
Osakis, MN 56360
OsakisLake Osakis South Public AccessCentral Avenue and Lake Street
Osakis, MN 56360
Sauk CentreBig Sauk Lake Highway 71 Public AccessEast side of Highway 71, 1 mile north of Sauk Centre
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
StarbuckCenex705 E. 7th St.
Starbuck, MN 56381
VillardCenex600 Washington Ave.
Villard, MN 56385

Taxidermist and meat processor information for sampling

The following taxidermists and meat processors will take samples throughout the season. 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 or meat processor for sampling will result in a longer turnaround time for your CWD test results.


AlexandriaRandy Schoeneck323 Fairgrounds Road56308507-327-7607
AlexandriaMatthew Nygaard300 Fingal Drive56308320-808-0913
AlexandriaBear Paw Taxidermy 4758 State Highway 29 N.56308320-759-0703
BrootenJenniges Meat Processing 131 Pleasant Ave.56316320-346-2414
DaltonNatural Images Taxidermy27497 155th St.56324218-589-7502
Elbow LakeWest Central Skulls 618 Eighth Ave. SE56531218-770-8990

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