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
We only test lymph nodes at this time.
- With a Sample Kit:
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.
- Double bag your samples in a resealable plastic bag with paper towels between the sample bag and outer bag to absorb leakage.
- Keep refrigerated or frozen until you're ready to send your samples.
- Place sample bag in a leak-proof, padded envelope or box using a 1 to 2-day mail service.
- NOTE: Mail services will not accept any smelly or leaking packages.
- Mail samples to:
IDFG Wildlife Health Lab
1820 S. Trout Road
Eagle, ID 83616
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.