Helping Monitor for Chronic Wasting Disease

Instead of a statewide effort, biologists will concentrate sampling to certain hunting units each year.

For more than two decades wildlife biologists have gathered samples from mule deer brought into the hunter check stations across the state. We are changing some of the ways deer samples are collected to have better confidence in our information.

Hunters can help monitor CWD

We'll be focusing samples in different areas each year. If you're hunting or passing through one of these concentrated sampling units this year, you can help monitor for CWD.

Visiting a check station is the easiest way for you to share samples.

If you missed a check station, you can still help. Just bring the mule deer heads# to a regional office during normal business hours.

Sampling of salvaged road-killed deer also helps. Bringing the mule deer heads# to a regional office during normal business hours.

#Note: Please leave the upper portion of the neck attached to the head so that staff can remove the lymph nodes from the throat. Only adults and yearlings, no fawns.

If you keep track of your sampling number, you can also verify the results online.


Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is currently not found in Idaho. Hunters can help us monitor for it to continue prevention efforts.

Annual CWD surveillance has occurred in Idaho at hunter check stations since 1997, with 15,900 cervids (mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, and moose) sampled from around the state.

No CWD detections have occurred to date.