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How to get your deer sampled for chronic wasting disease in Minnesota

Sep 24, 2023 05:35AM ● By Content Editor
Photo: MN DNR 

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - September 23, 2023

Minnesota deer hunters have multiple options for getting their deer tested for chronic wasting disease.

CWD sampling options include requesting a mail-in kit before hunting, or utilizing kits obtained but not used last year. Hunters may participate in the partner sampling program, or can make an appointment to have their deer sampled at Minnesota DNR area wildlife offices. Contact information is available on the DNR website. Additionally, deer hunters are required to have their deer one year or older sampled for CWD in all CWD management and surveillance zones during the opening weekend of the firearms A season (Nov. 4-5).

Make sure you know the DPA number of the area you’re planning to hunt prior to buying a license and take time to understand the CWD regulations and sampling options for that particular area. 

A DPA lookup tool is available on the DNR’s 'make a plan for deer season' webpage to help check if a DPA has carcass movement restrictions, or has deer feeding or attractant bans in place.

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