Hunters, the Minnesota DNR is asking you to please drop off the head of deer (one year or older) for Chronic Wasting Disease testing, if available where you hunt. Testing is crucial to managing this always-fatal disease and the DNR needs you to participate.

It's as easy as attaching a filled-out tag to the ear of your harvested deer's head and putting it into the provided barrel. If you have a deer head from harvest this weekend, you can still bring it in for sampling. Find your sampling location on the CWD webpage.

There are also options to provide a sample even if you want to keep your deer's antlers or have the deer mounted.

Here’s a video on how to prep for sampling, and full information is available on the DNR website.

Every sample counts and gives the DNR information about where disease is. Thank you for helping keep our wild deer healthy!

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Deer harvest totals online

Curious how many deer have been harvested and from where?

Check out the DNR's interactive deer harvest map, which has been updated for this year, allowing you to select multiple deer permit areas. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, over 102,000 deer have been harvest this season in Minnesota.