CWD testing available for fee

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters who harvest deer in the disease management and control zones in north central and southeast Minnesota that carcass movement restrictions remain in place. Whole deer carcasses cannot be removed from the area until a “not detected” test result is received. The following parts of deer may leave a chronic wasting disease management zone before a “not detected” test result is confirmed: 

• Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached; the main leg bone can remain in each quarter

• Meat that is boned out or that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately)

• Hides and teeth

• Antlers or clean (no brain tissue attached) skull plates with antlers attached

Details about these restrictions are available online, along with carcass disposal locations where hunters can properly dispose of deer remains.

There is also voluntary CWD testing available for a fee for hunters.  Hunters not in a mandatory testing area can collect their own lymph node sample and submit it for testing to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Minnesota for a fee. A DNR video showing how to collect a lymph node sample is available on the DNR website. 

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