We appreciate your assistance in helping monitor for CWD
Idaho Fish and Game tests deer, elk, and moose for Chronic Wasting Disease every year. By collecting lymph node samples from your harvested animal, you help increase the number of deer tested in Idaho for CWD.
How to Collect a Sample
After harvesting a deer, follow these instructions to collect lymph nodes near the jaw of the animal.
Aging your animal is important
Please take the time to age your deer or elk as a yearling or adult. Our sampling focus is on adults and yearlings.
Submitting Your Samples
Fill out the label on the sample bag using a ballpoint pen to prevent smearing. Write legibly so we can ensure accurate information for your sample. Your name, tag number, deer species, animal age, and harvest location are all extremely important in order for us to use your sample.
- Find the small card with a barcode sticker in the kit bag. KEEP THIS NUMBER in order to check your sample results online.
Without a Sample Kit
Please include the following information inside of a sealed plastic bag:
- Tag# or License#
- Species (from Mule deer (MD), White-tailed Deer (WTD), Elk, Moose)
- Sex of animal
- Age of animal
- Location Description
- Collection date
- Drop off samples at a designated drop-off location.
Check online for results. Samples may take several weeks to process.
Complete the form to request a CWD sampling kit or contact a Fish and Game regional office.
Drop off a CWD sample at a location closest to you.