Chronic Wasting Disease - Surveillance and Collection Sites
(last updated - 2020 Season)
- To drop off a deer, elk or moose head for testing during the deer gun season any of the collection sites found here may be used.
- To drop off a deer, elk or moose head for testing prior to the deer gun season, please use the sites listed under "Testing Elk, Moose, and Deer Prior to Deer Gun Season".
Every effort will be made to provide results within 3 weeks. However, delays may occur due to COVID-associated challenges.
- Results from lottery licenses (gun, youth, moose, muzzleloader, elk) can be accessed through your Game and Fish account (log on then click on “View Details” for the associated license).
- For nonlottery licenses (archery and first-come, first-served) results will be sent to the email listed on your Game and Fish account. To add or update contact information, go to My Account.
Fawns and head-shot animals cannot be tested. If you are unsure of the age or condition of your animal, submit it and we will assess it.
- Remove head from carcass, leaving 4-6 inches of neck attached to the head.
- Remove antlers if you wish to keep them.
- The NDGF carcass tag must stay with the meat.
- Ensure that North Dakota Game and Fish Department license tag is still attached to head or affix new, filled-out ID tag (available at site). UNLABELED HEADS CANNOT BE SAMPLED.
- Place tagged/labeled head in barrel.
Taxidermy Heads: After the cape and antlers are removed, affix new ID tag to the remainder of the skull and place in barrel.
European Mount Heads: Take the head to a North Dakota Game and Fish district office to be sampled. Because of COVID restrictions, you must call ahead to schedule an appointment during business hours.
Note: Transportation restrictions are in effect in many units. High risk carcass parts may not be transported out of these unit for any reason. If hunting in a unit with a transportation restriction, a collection site located within the restricted area must be used. For questions or concerns call 701-220-4990.
For sites with collection freezers, follow the instructions above then..
- Place tagged/labeled head in plastic bag (inside freezer) and knot.
- Place bag in freezer.
- Text or call 701-220-4990 to notify us that you have dropped off a head.
- Be sure to include the drop off location.
Testing Elk, Moose, and Deer Prior to Deer Gun Season
During the elk, moose and deer bow seasons, heads may be dropped off at one of the locations listed below. During and after the deer gun season, deer and elk heads may be dropped off at any of the deer gun season collection sites.
Collection sites for the 2021 seasons will be posted when they become available.
Note: A carcass or carcass parts of a white-tailed deer or mule deer taken from deer hunting units 3A1, 3A2, 3B1, 3F2, 4B and 4C in North Dakota; a moose from moose hunting units M10 and M11; or an elk from elk hunting units E2; may not be transported to a collection site outside of the unit. Exceptions: deer carcasses may be transported between adjoining CWD carcass restricted units, and moose carcasses between units M10 and M11.)
If you wish to keep the head, you may also bring it to one of the Game and Fish Department offices to be sampled during business hours. Because of COVID restrictions, you must call ahead to schedule an appointment during business hours. Note: Transportation restrictions still apply.
Sites that are not staffed during business hours will have freezers available where heads can be dropped off. Drop-off instructions can be found above and on each freezer.