Addressing conservation challenges, such as CWD, requires active involvement of those with a passion for our rich natural resources. A primary goal of CWD response and management efforts is to determine the geographic extent and prevalence of the disease. MDWFP asks hunters to aid in this effort by submitting deer for testing during the white-tailed deer hunting season. Further, hunters and landowners can help monitor for CWD by actively looking for and reporting potential diseased or sick deer.
The test used to determine the presence of CWD requires a portion of the deer’s brainstem or lymph nodes. Harvested animals should remain cool until testing to reduce decomposition and provide accurate results.
Below is a list of permitted taxidermists who agreed to collect CWD samples from customer-submitted deer heads. These taxidermists and the businesses operated by them, are not general CWD drop-off locations. If you have a deer head that you want mounted, and have no objection to having tissue removed for CWD sampling, the businesses listed below can and will collect/save the samples. This is not an endorsement of these taxidermists, their work, or their businesses; rather, it is simply a list of taxidermists who have agreed to help the MDWFP with CWD sample collection.
List of permitted taxidermists
Season (2021-2022) Statewide Collection Sites:
MDWFP will establish collection sites across the state for the general public to deposit deer heads for testing. Freezers will be at each site for depositing deer heads. Hunters should preserve the head with at least 6 inches of neck attached and antlers may be removed before depositing head.