Chronic Wasting Disease - Sample Focus Areas

Idaho Fish and Game has a CWD strategy and monitoring efforts.

Areas close to states with known CWD cases will be sampled every year and other areas in Idaho on a rotational basis. Hunting units are grouped into our CWD sampling areas.

View the map below to see focused sampling areas for 2021. Hunters who harvest deer or elk in these areas are encouraged to provide Fish and Game with samples from their harvested animal. If you harvest a deer outside sampling areas or elk from anywhere in the state, we will be happy to take and submit samples from your animal.

Quick links to help us sample

How to sample for CWD  Where to leave samples

Sampling Efforts

CWD samples tested by unit

Annual Sampling Areas

Northern Idaho

White-tailed Deer
Game units being sampled include: 1, 2, 3, 4, 4A, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8A, 9, 10, 10A, 11, 11A, 12, and 13  

Eastern Idaho

Mule Deer and Elk
Game units being sampled include: 21, 21A, 29, 30, 30A, 37, 37A, 51, 58, 59A, 59, 60, 60A, 61, 62, 62A, 63A, 64, 65, 66, 66A, 67, 69, 71, 72, and 76.

2021 Focus Sampling Area

Western Idaho

Mule Deer and Elk
Game units being sampled include: 11, 11A, 13, 14, 18, 22, 23, 24, 31, 32, and 32A


All Ages Abundance Chart


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