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CWD info for hunters

Map of Michigan showing positive CWD detections in Dickinson, Isabella, Kent, Montcalm, Gratiot, Ionia, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson and Hillsdale Counties.

Hunters - please do your part!

Avoid moving deer from the following counties where CWD has been detected in Michigan:

  • Dickinson
  • Isabella
  • Kent
  • Montcalm
  • Gratiot
  • Ionia
  • Clinton
  • Eaton
  • Ingham
  • Jackson
  • Hillsdale

Please remember:

  • 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

2022 CWD testing goals

Carcass transportation

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 dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov for assistance with reading or interpreting.

View the deer station map

Disease monitoring and testing information

Lower Peninsula

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:

  • Bay
  • Berrien
  • Branch
  • Cass
  • Genesee
  • Huron
  • Isabella
  • Hillsdale
  • Kalamazoo
  • Lapeer
  • Lenawee
  • Livingston
  • Macomb
  • Midland
  • Monroe
  • Muskegon
  • Oakland
  • Oceana
  • Ottawa
  • Saginaw
  • Sanilac
  • St. Clair
  • St. Joseph
  • Tuscola
  • Washtenaw
  • Wayne

Upper Peninsula

We also need deer heads from the core CWD area in the Upper Peninsula which includes portions of the following counties:

  • Dickinson
  • Menominee
  • Delta

Disease testing

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:

  • Clinton
    Rose Lake Wildlife Field Office
    8903 Stoll Road
    East Lansing, MI 48823
    517-641-4092
  • Dickinson (outside of core area)
    Escanaba Wildlife Field Office
    6833 Hwy 2, 41 and M-35
    Gladstone, MI 49837
    906-786-2351
  • Dickinson (outside of core area)
    Norway Wildlife Field Office
    520 West US Hwy 2
    Norway, MI 49870
    906-563-9247
  • Eaton
    Eaton Conservation District
    551 Courthouse Dr, Suite 3
    Charlotte, MI 48813
    517-543-1512 ext. 5
  • Gratiot
    Gratiot Conservation District
    301 Commerce Drive
    Ithaca, MI 48847
    989-875-3900 ext. 5
  • Ingham
    Lansing DNR Customer Service Center
    4166 Legacy Parkway
    Lansing, MI 48911
    517-284-4720
  • Ionia
    Flat River Wildlife Field Office
    6650 Long Lake Road
    Belding, MI 48809
    616-794-2658
  • Ionia
    Ionia Conservation District
    431 Swartz Ct, Suite 300
    Ionia, MI 48846
    616-527-2098 ext. 5
  • Jackson
    Waterloo Wildlife Field Office
    13578 Seymour Road
    Grass Lake, MI 49240
    517-522-4097
  • Kent
    Kent Conservation District
    3260 Eagle Park Drive NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49525
    616-222-5846
  • Montcalm
    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.

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.

Directory of participating taxidermists