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Deer check stations test for chronic wasting disease

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources needs your cooperation.

Hunters will play an important role in chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance happening this year at Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) check stations. During the first few days of the rifle hunt, we will be collecting samples — free of charge — at a number of check stations across the state, and we're encouraging successful hunters to cooperate with our requests.

CWD sampling areas: Download a map of the chronic wasting disease sampling areas for the 2020–21 hunting season.

When you stop at a check station, agency staff will:

  • Take lymph nodes from your deer
  • Ask you a few questions, including the location where the deer was harvested

The entire process will take a few minutes, and your cooperation will help us monitor the disease and study its impact on the state's deer herds. Testing results will be available for you to view online within six weeks of sampling. Note: You will not be charged for submitting a sample or to view the results online.

Chronic wasting disease — a degenerative neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose — was first detected in Utah in 2002. A total of 115 deer and two elk have tested positive for CWD. Learn more about the disease and where it has been found in Utah.

NOTE: Although there isn't proof that CWD poses a risk for human health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend the consumption of animals that test positive for CWD. If your deer tests positive for CWD, the Division will replace your hunting tag (for the same unit) for free next year, as long as all materials (meat, antlers, bones, etc.) are handed in for incineration.

You can get your deer checked at the following locations during the hunting season, typically from 10 a.m. to dark:

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (main office)

Location Dates
1594 W North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Northern Utah

Location Dates
Northern Region Office
515 E 5300 S
Ogden, UT 84405
By appointment only
(call 801-476-2740)
100 N 500 E
Coalville, UT 84017
Browns Canyon
Intersection of UT-248 and Browns Canyon Rd
Kamas, UT 84036
UDOT Rest Stop on I-84
Mountain Green, UT 84050

Northeastern Utah

Location Dates
Northeastern Region Office
318 N Vernal Ave
Vernal, UT 84078
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Strawberry Valley
(at the junction of US 40 and Co-op Creek Rd between mile markers 41 and 42)
Just north of Vernal on US Highway 191 at the Steinaker reservoir rest stop near mile marker 358
West of Manila on SR 43 between mile marker 4 and 3

Southern Utah

Location Dates
Southern Region Office
1470 N Airport Rd
Cedar City, UT 84721
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mile Marker 1 on SR-20 at UDOT shed, just east of I-15 (MM94 I-15)
Mile marker 190 on SR-89 near Sevier

Central Utah

Location Dates
Spanish Fork Canyon
(near covered bridge community)
I-15 Exit 242
South Santaquin
One mile east of Nephi up Nephi Canyon

Southeastern Utah

Location Dates
Miller Travel Center
2195 E Main St
Wellington, UT 84542
(east of Wellington on US-6/191)
La Sal Junction
(intersection of US-191 and SR-46)

Additional options

We will periodically have personnel available during the first few days of the hunt, or you can drop off a head during the season at one of the following meat lockers:

  • Ungerman's Meats at 790 N 400 E in Huntington
  • JC Meats at 3540 S Hwy 6 in Price
  • Four-Point Meat Processing at 81 W 200 S in Monticello

If you have questions, please contact a Division office.

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