We appreciate your assistance in helping monitor for CWD
Idaho Fish and Game tests mule deer and white-tailed deer for Chronic Wasting Disease every year. By collecting lymph node samples from your harvested deer, 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 deer is important
Please take the time to age your deer as a yearling or adult. Our sampling focus is on adults: if your deer has fewer than six teeth per side, we do not need the sample.
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.
- 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.
Drop off a CWD sample at a location closest to you.