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CWD info for hunters
Hunters - please do your part!
Avoid moving deer from the following counties where CWD has been detected in Michigan:
- Avoid long-distance movements with your deer carcass
- Handle and dispose of your deer carcass in a responsible manner
- If you hunt out-of-state, only bring back allowed animal parts
- Stay up-to-date with the latest regulations, especially if hunting in or near CWD areas
There are regulations in place that limit the transportation of deer carcasses throughout the Lower Peninsula. Carcasses from areas with CWD should never be disposed of on the landscape in CWD areas. There are no carcass transportation regulations for the Upper Peninsula.
A deer harvested in Montcalm County in its entirety, Otisco, Orleans, Ronald or North Plains townships in Ionia County, or Nelson, Spencer, Courtland, Oakfield, Grattan or Cannon townships in Kent County cannot be possessed or transported outside of those listed areas, unless:
- The harvested deer is deboned meat, quarters or other parts of a cervid that do not have any part of the spinal column or head attached; antlers, antlers attached to a skull or skull cap cleaned of all brain and muscle tissue; hides, upper canine teeth, or a finished taxidermist mount OR;
- The deer carcass is taken directly to a registered processor; AND/OR
- The intact deer head detached from the carcass is taken directly to a licensed taxidermist.
Map view of disease sample submission sites
See locations for disease testing sample submission on an interactive map. Find drop boxes and staffed locations, view CWD and TB monitoring areas, search for locations near you, and more.
This application contains a complex map. Call 517-284-9453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with reading or interpreting.
Disease monitoring and testing information
In 2022, disease monitoring will be occurring mainly in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula. We need deer heads from the following counties in the Lower Peninsula:
- St. Clair
- St. Joseph
We also need deer heads from the core CWD area in the Upper Peninsula which includes portions of the following counties:
DNR drop boxes and staffed sample submission sites
We have staffed sample submission sites in addition to unstaffed drop boxes in locations across the state. Please see disease sample submission sites as a list or use our interactive map to find a location.
- Remove deer heads prior to visiting a sample submission site.
- If you would like to keep the antlers, remove them from the head.
- Deer without a completed harvest report will not be tested.
Please be aware that test results may take 6-8 weeks to receive. If CWD is found in a submitted deer from an area above, the hunter will also be notified by letter or phone and will be eligible for a replacement antlerless deer license. Additionally, all results are posted at Michigan.gov/DNRLab.
Hunter CWD self-sample kits
Free lymph node shipping kits that include free CWD testing are available from the following counties:
Rose Lake Wildlife Field Office
8903 Stoll Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
- Dickinson (outside of core area)
Escanaba Wildlife Field Office
6833 Hwy 2, 41 and M-35
Gladstone, MI 49837
- Dickinson (outside of core area)
Norway Wildlife Field Office
520 West US Hwy 2
Norway, MI 49870
Eaton Conservation District
551 Courthouse Dr, Suite 3
Charlotte, MI 48813
517-543-1512 ext. 5
Gratiot Conservation District
301 Commerce Drive
Ithaca, MI 48847
989-875-3900 ext. 5
Lansing DNR Customer Service Center
4166 Legacy Parkway
Lansing, MI 48911
Flat River Wildlife Field Office
6650 Long Lake Road
Belding, MI 48809
Ionia Conservation District
431 Swartz Ct, Suite 300
Ionia, MI 48846
616-527-2098 ext. 5
Waterloo Wildlife Field Office
13578 Seymour Road
Grass Lake, MI 49240
Kent Conservation District
3260 Eagle Park Drive NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Montcalm Conservation District
77 South State St. (M66)
Stanton, MI 48888
989-831-4212 ext. 5
Results from deer submitted using the free kits will be sent directly to the hunter from the Michigan State University Diagnostic Laboratory.
Lymph node extraction for CWD testing
Testing for a fee
Deer harvested in all other counties in Michigan can be submitted through one of the following participating USDA-approved laboratories for a fee.
- Instructions to submit samples to the Michigan State University Diagnostic Laboratory.
- Instructions to submit samples to the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
Results from deer submitted to an approved USDA laboratory using testing for a fee will be sent directly to the hunter from the laboratory.
Taxidermist sample submission locations
Successful hunters can bring their buck or doe to participating taxidermists to have the jaw and lymph nodes removed. This accomplishes CWD testing goals while maintaining the "trophy" portion of the animal that would otherwise be incinerated after being tested at the Wildlife Disease Laboratory.