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Free CWD testing
As a responsible hunter, you understand the importance of monitoring the health of the deer herd for diseases like CWD. Fortunately, options are available to hunters who want to test their deer. We are here to provide the necessary information to help you make an informed decision about CWD testing to keep our deer population healthy and sustainable. Select the free or paid CWD testing tabs for more information regarding those options.
Free CWD testing is only available for...
- Deer harvested in counties of focus for deer head collection and testing
- Deer harvested in a county eligible for a free self-sample shipping kit
Focused head collection and testing
In 2023, free CWD testing is available for deer harvested from the following counties that are part of focused head collection and testing efforts:
- Grand Traverse
Hunters who harvested a deer in the above counties have the following options available for free CWD testing:
Free self-sample shipping kit testing
Free lymph node shipping kits that include free CWD testing are available for hunters who harvested deer from the following counties:
Rose Lake Wildlife Field Office
8903 Stoll Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
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
Michigan State University Extension Office
101 W. Main St., 2nd Floor
Ionia, MI 48846
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
Escanaba Wildlife Field Office
6833 Hwy 2, 41 and M-35
Gladstone, MI 49837
Norway Wildlife Field Office
520 West US Hwy 2
Norway, MI 49870
Results from deer submitted using the free kits will be sent directly to the hunter from the Michigan State University Diagnostic Laboratory.
Video: removing deer lymph nodes
Deer harvested in counties that are not eligible for free CWD testing 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.