CWD Sampling Requirements During Deer Hunting Season

CWD Sampling Requirements During Deer Hunting Season

September 28, 2022 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ R & J Outdoors Show 0

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:

ADA
MnDOT Truck Station
508 4th St E. 

BELTRAMI 

City of Beltrami Old Fire Station near intersection of 6th St and Atantic 

BROOKS 

Brooks Travel Plaza 

701 Hwy 59 S 

CLIMAX 

Tronnes Farm building 

(Across from Corner Bar) 

101 W Broadway St 

CROOKSTON 

Kustom Kollision 

807 Marin Ave 

EAST GRAND FORKS, 

Cabelas 

210 DeMers Ave NW 

*no quartering station, dumpster Oct 19 – Jan 6

ERSKINE 

MN DNR 

127 Bradley Blvd 

FELTON 

Felton Country Store 

102 7th St 

FERTILE 

Northdale Oil 

702 N Mill St. 

HENDRUM 

Nepstad Oil 

133 Hwy 75 N 

MENTOR (west of town on Hwy 32) MN DNR Roving Crew 

31077 Hwy 32 S 

MOORHEAD 

Moorhead Police Dept Gun Range 2200 15th Ave N 

OSLO

City of Oslo Boat Launch 

entrance near intersection Bridge St and 2nd Ave W 

RED LAKE FALLS 

Triangle Tire 

701 Main St S 

THIEF RIVER FALLS 

MN DNR Area Wildlife Office 

246 125th Ave NE 

TWIN VALLEY 

Heritage Center and Arts Foundation 104 1st St. 

WARREN 

City of Warren Recycling 

Across from Northern Shine Car Wash 119 E Colvin Ave