CWD Sampling Requirements During Deer Hunting Season
Detroit Lakes, MN — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding deer hunters that CWD sampling is occurring in the Climax management zone, Deer Permit Area (DPA) 661 and the adjacent surveillance zone (DPAs 256, 257, 262 and 265) beginning with archery season (Sept. 17) and continuing throughout the deer seasons. CWD sampling is mandatory in DPA 661 on opening weekend of firearms season A (Nov. 5-6), according to Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife Supervisor Rob Baden.
The DNR is not testing fawns, only deer that are 1 year of age or older. Deer must be registered before they are sampled.
Self-service sampling stations are available 24/7 throughout all deer seasons in DPA 661. Stations in DPAs 256, 257, 262 and 265 will be available 24/7 until sampling goals are met.
Carcass movement restrictions apply in DPA 661. Dumpsters and tripods are available at some sites for hunters to quarter their deer to comply with the carcass movement restriction rule.
Hunters may also provide a sample for testing to local partnering meat processors and taxidermists listed online.
A limited number of free, mail-in kits are available for all hunters to collect and mail in a lymph node sample on their own as well.
Hunters will not be notified of CWD-not detected test results, but all results will be available on the DNR’s CWD webpage and a hunter can enter their MNDNR number to find their result.
If a positive deer is identified, a DNR official will contact the hunter directly via phone.
See the full list of sampling sites below:
MnDOT Truck Station
508 4th St E.
City of Beltrami Old Fire Station near intersection of 6th St and Atantic
Brooks Travel Plaza
701 Hwy 59 S
Tronnes Farm building
(Across from Corner Bar)
101 W Broadway St
807 Marin Ave
EAST GRAND FORKS,
210 DeMers Ave NW
*no quartering station, dumpster Oct 19 – Jan 6
127 Bradley Blvd
Felton Country Store
102 7th St
702 N Mill St.
133 Hwy 75 N
MENTOR (west of town on Hwy 32) MN DNR Roving Crew
31077 Hwy 32 S
Moorhead Police Dept Gun Range 2200 15th Ave N
City of Oslo Boat Launch
entrance near intersection Bridge St and 2nd Ave W
RED LAKE FALLS
701 Main St S
THIEF RIVER FALLS
MN DNR Area Wildlife Office
246 125th Ave NE
Heritage Center and Arts Foundation 104 1st St.
City of Warren Recycling
Across from Northern Shine Car Wash 119 E Colvin Ave