Chronic Wasting Disease

Sample Collection


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 2018–2019 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.

Check Stations: Hunters may bring the entire animal to the check station to have the sample pulled.

Drop-Off Locations: Hunters should preserve the head with at least 6 inches of neck attached.

Antlers may be removed before depositing head.

CWD Management Zone Sample Days:
MDWFP will staff check stations within the CWD Management Zone to collect samples during high-traffic dates from 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.


  • Saturday, November 17
  • Friday, November 23
  • Saturday/Sunday, December 29/30, January 5/6


  • Onward Store
  • Junction of Hwy. 465 and 61 (boat ramp)

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. 

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North Region Office
(Mon–Fri 8:00 am–5:00 pm)
457 CR 36
Enid, MS 38927

Elvis Presley Lake
72 CR 995
Tupelo, MS 38804

Charlie Capps WMA
98 Lake Rd.
Rosedale, MS 38769

Malmaison WMA
126 Malmaison HQ Rd.
Holcomb, MS 38940



Black Prairie WMA
744 Fire Tower Rd.
Crawford, MS 39743

Mahannah WMA
1370 Anderson-Tully Rd.
Redwood, MS 39156

Caney Creek WMA
6373 West Moore Tower Rd.
Forest, MS 39074

Pearl River WMA
506 Hwy. 43 S.
Canton, MS 39046

Lake Tom Bailey
3224 North Shore Dr.
Toomsuba, MS 39364



South Region Office
(Mon–Fri 8:00 am–5:00 pm)
1201 N. Clark Ave.
Magnolia, MS 39652

Purvis VFD
805 Main St.
Purvis, MS 39475

Oak Grove Station 2 FD
236 Old Okahola School Rd.
Purvis, MS 39475

Old River WMA
6377 Highway 43 North
Poplarville, MS 39470

Pascagoula River WMA
816 Wade Vancleave Rd.
Moss Point, MS 39562

Natchez State Park
230-B Wickcliff Rd.
Natchez, MS 39120

Wilkinson County
Lake Mary Cottages
14932 MS-24
Woodville, MS 39669


How CWD Samples Are Taken




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