CWD Testing


Testing required through Jan. 14, 2018

Late CWD hunt details

Boundaries for a special late-season deer hunt to help control chronic wasting disease in this area have been expanded to include portions of three surrounding deer permit areas.

Hunters must use
area's head boxes

Hunters must take heads of deer harvested during the archery and muzzleloader seasons to one of five head collection boxes in permit area 603.

Instructions are located at each box. DNR staff collect the heads to take lymph node tissue samples for CWD testing.

All 603 hunters also must comply with carcass movement restrictions.

What to do

Head collection box locations

  1. If you shoot a trophy deer and want to have it mounted, contact a participating taxidermist authorized to take a CWD sample for DNR.
  2. Field dress (gut) your deer as you normally would.
  3. Register you deer via phone, internet or walk-in big game registration station.
  4. If the deer will be mounted, watch a video showing how to properly cape your deer.
  5. Remove the head – leaving at least 4 inches of neck attached.
  6. Hunters can take meat out of the zone immediately but the carcass (head with brain and spinal column) cannot be moved outside deer permit area 603 until a negative test result is received so hunters must:
    • Make arrangements to refrigerate the carcass before the deer is processed;
    • Cut their deer into quarters and other pieces; or
    • Bone-out the meat.
  7. Ensure no spinal column or brain matter is included with the meat or on the antlers.
  8. Properly dispose of carcass remains. There will be a dumpster at the DNR forestry office in Preston for hunters who don't have a way to dispose of remains.
  9. The Preston dumpster is being provided as a courtesy for deer carcass disposal only. It will be removed if people attempt to process deer there or use the dumpster for trash disposal.
  10. Bring the entire head of your deer to one of five head box collection sites. Each collection box has specific instructions on how to properly submit the head for sampling.
  11. Please put heads in the plastic bags provided. Use the maps provided at each box to mark an "X" where the deer was harvested. Submit this map with your sample.
  12. Samples during the archery season will be submitted for testing on Mondays and Thursdays. It may take up to four business days for test results to be available.
  13. CWD test results can be searched online using your 9-digit MDNR number.