Mandatory testing during archery deer season in area management zone

When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 15, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses will again be in place in southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone, deer permit area 603.

Hunters are encouraged to plan ahead and be aware of the testing that will be required.

Archery hunters in deer permit area 603 will be required to submit the head from all adult deer one-year old or older so lymph nodes can be tested for CWD. Hunters cannot remove the carcass or carcass remains outside the CWD zone until a test result is reported as not detected. Hunters can check their test results online at mndnr.gov/cwdcheck by entering their nine-digit MDNR number into the search box.

Carcass movement restrictions do allow hunters to immediately transport out the zone quarters or other meat without the head or spinal column parts; boned-out or cut and wrapped meat; and antlers with a skull plate that is free of brain matter.

Complete details are available online at mndnr.gov/cwd/603.