CWD

White-tailed deer


Chronic Wasting Disease management

No CWD detected in precautionary areas

Late CWD hunt details

Boundaries for a special late-season deer hunt to help control chronic wasting disease in southeastern Minnesota's Fillmore County have been expanded to include portions of three surrounding deer permit areas.

Test for CWD yourself

If you hunt in a deer permit area where there is no mandatory CWD testing but still would like to have your deer checked, you can collect a lymph node sample and pay for a private test. Watch this video to learn how.

No chronic wasting disease was detected in more than 11,000 precautionary samples from deer that hunters harvested this fall in north-central, central and southeastern Minnesota.

Given no deer with CWD were found in north-central and central Minnesota, the DNR will narrow surveillance next fall to areas closer to the farms where CWD was detected.

A fourth precautionary surveillance area will be added in fall 2018 in Winona County because CWD recently was detected in captive deer there.

CWD information can change rapidly. Please check back regularly for important updates.

Late season hunt rules and boundaries in place

Boundaries for a special late-season deer hunt to help control chronic wasting disease in southeastern Minnesota's Fillmore County have been expanded to include portions of three surrounding deer permit areas.

The expansion of boundaries for the nine-day hunt that lasts from Saturday, Jan. 6, to Sunday, Jan. 14, became necessary when CWD test results of harvested deer revealed two infected deer in Forestville State Park and a suspected infection north of the disease's core area around Preston.

Mandatory testing continues in area 603 through Jan. 14, 2018

Mandatory CWD testing continues in southeast Minnesota's disease management zone during the remaining muzzleloader and archery seasons.

Hunters must use one of five head collection boxes located throughout the area.

Testing also will be required during the area's late season hunt Saturday, Jan.6, through Sunday, Jan. 14.

Carcasses still can't be moved from area 603 unless a negative CWD test is received. Hunters in 603 can check their results online.

Testing status