The DNR is beginning a five-year process of strategic, focused CWD surveillance around the state. In 2021, surveillance will be occurring mainly in the southernmost 3 tiers of counties. Over the next four years, the remainder of the state will be systematically sampled to determine if CWD is present in other parts of the state where it has not yet been identified.
In 2021, we need deer heads from Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Eaton, Gratiot, southern Isabella, Hillsdale, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Joseph, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, and also from the core CWD surveillance area in the Upper Peninsula (portions of Dickinson, Menominee and Delta counties) for CWD surveillance. Deer heads from these counties can be submitted at any open deer check station from Oct. through Jan. Deer harvested in Clinton, Dickinson, Ingham, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties can be tested for CWD through the DNR from Nov.15-18 only.
Places to bring your deer head for testing include DNR deer check stations, or a DNR drop box.
This fall, hunters coming in for disease testing are asked to bring only deer heads to check stations, removing them ahead of time, if possible. Those who would like to keep the antlers are asked to please remove those from the head but bring the antlers so that antler measurements can be taken. Also, if submitting a deer head for testing, be ready to give DNR staff the location where your deer was harvested including the county, township, range and section.
If you harvest your deer outside of these areas or time frame but would still like it tested for CWD (for a fee). The Michigan DNR has confirmed two USDA-approved Laboratories willing to accept deer samples directly from hunters. To submit samples to the Michigan State University Diagnostic Laboratory follow these instructions. To submit samples to the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory follow these instructions. Hunters in DMU 487 who would like a CWD test, please contact a staffed DNR check station. For a list of stations, dates and times visit Michigan.gov/DeerCheck.
Please be aware that test results may require additional processing time this year. Available results will be posted at Michigan.gov/DNRLab. If CWD is found in a submitted deer, the hunter will be notified by phone. If CWD is not found, the test result will be posted online.