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.

Issaquena CWD Management Zone Check Stations:

MDWFP will staff check stations 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)


Pontotoc CWD Management Zone Check Stations:

MDWFP will staff check stations to collect samples during high-traffic dates from 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.


  • Saturday, November 17 & 24, December 29, and January 5
  • Friday, November 23


  • Ecru Volunteer Fire Department
  • Pontotoc County Compound (across from Prater's Grocery on Hwy 41)


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.

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North Region Office  
457 CR 36
Enid, MS 38927

Elvis Presley Lake 
(24 hours a day)
72 CR 995
Tupelo, MS 38804

Charlie Capps WMA
(24 hours a day)
98 Lake Rd.
Rosedale, MS 38769

Malmaison WMA
(24 hours a day)
126 Malmaison HQ Rd.
Holcomb, MS 38940

Chickasaw WMA
(24 hours a day)
770 Hwy 32
Houston, MS 38841

Upper Sardis WMA
(24 hours a day)
1019 CR 251
Etta, MS 38627

Trace State Park
(24 hours a day)
2139 Faulkner Rd
Belden, MS 38826

New Albany Fairgrounds
(24 hours a day)
112 Fairgrounds Circle
New Albany, MS 38652

Ecru City Maintenance Building
(24 hours a day)
29 Main Street
Ecru, MS 38841

Wall Doxey State Park
(24 hours a day) 
3946 Hwy 7 South
Holly Springs, MS 38635

Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department (Desoto County)
(24 hours a day) 
8771 Byhalia Rd
Olive Branch, MS 38654

Walnut Volunteer Fire Department
(24 hours a day) 
660 Main St.
Walnut, MS 38683



Black Prairie WMA
(24 hours a day)
744 Fire Tower Rd.
Crawford, MS 39743

Mahannah WMA
(24 hours a day)
1370 Anderson-Tully Rd.
Redwood, MS 39156

Caney Creek WMA
(24 hours a day)
6373 West Moore Tower Rd.
Forest, MS 39074

Pearl River WMA
(24 hours a day)
506 Hwy 43S
Canton, MS 39046

Lake Tom Bailey
(24 hours a day)
3224 North Shore Dr.
Toomsuba, MS 39364

Neshoba County Lake
(24 hours a day)
10360 Rd 1711
Philadelphia, MS 39350

Choctaw WMA
(24 hours a day) 
506 Hwy 43 S
Canton, MS 39046


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

Purvis VFD
(24 hours a day)
805 Main St.
Purvis, MS 39475

Oak Grove Station 2 FD
(24 hours a day)
236 Old Okahola School Rd.
Purvis, MS 39475

Old River WMA
(24 hours a day)
6377 Hwy 43N
Poplarville, MS 39470

Pascagoula River WMA
(24 hours a day)
816 Wade Vancleave Rd.
Moss Point, MS 39562

Natchez State Park
(24 hours a day)
230-B Wickcliff Rd.
Natchez, MS 39120

Wilkinson County (Lake Mary Cottages)
(24 hours a day)
14932 MS-24
Woodville, MS 39669



How CWD Samples Are Taken




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