With hunting season upon us, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters of areas where Chronic Wasting Disease testing is mandatory.

According to the DNR:

Minnesota deer hunters must bring their harvested deer to sampling stations to be tested for chronic wasting disease in the central surveillance area; north-central and southeast management zones; and the southeast control zone on opening weekend of firearms deer season Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10.

Testing is also required throughout all deer seasons in both the north-central and southeast disease management zones (600-series permit areas); and during the opening weekend of the B firearms season Saturday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 24, in the southeast disease control zone (permit areas 255, 343 and 344).

Keep in mind that if you plan on hunting in an area where testing is mandatory:

  • Hunters must present all deer in person at a CWD sampling station for mandatory sampling during the firearms seasons; fawns must be presented to confirm age and will only be tested upon voluntary submission. A special carcass tag will be attached to the deer to verify sampling and/or age.
  • During archery and muzzleloader seasons, hunters must submit the heads of all adult deer (1 year old or older) at one of the self-service sampling locations.
  • You will need to provide the township, section and range of your harvest location.

Follow the link below to get all the information and to see what areas on the state will be impacted.