DNR asks deer hunters to submit samples in CWD areas

A CWD testing station A CWD testing station

Updated: October 13, 2020 01:19 PM
Created: October 13, 2020 11:52 AM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking deer hunters to voluntarily submit samples from their deer at unstaffed sampling stations in designated chronic wasting disease (CWD) areas.

The DNR said the change to unstaffed stations facilitates social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hunters in CWD management zones, control zones or surveillance areas are urged to drop off the head of a deer 1 year of age or older at the stations.

“Samples are critical in helping us monitor the spread of chronic wasting disease in Minnesota’s wild deer,” said Michelle Carstensen, DNR’s wildlife health program supervisor. “The more samples we receive, the better we understand the prevalence of CWD in these areas and the more information we have to determine the best methods to keep our deer healthy.”

The antlerless-only and youth deer seasons that take place from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18, and the opening weekend of firearms deer season Nov. 7 and Nov. 8.

Hunters can find more information on the DNR's CWD sampling page.

Additionally, the DNR said Deer carcass movement restrictions are in effect for all CWD management and control zones to help keep the disease from spreading. The department has set up dumpsters in the management and control zones to allow hunters to properly dispose of remains.

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