Deer check station

Deer check stations 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 check stations. During the first few days of the rifle hunt, we will be collecting deer tissue samples at a number of check stations across the state. Successful hunters who have harvested deer from this season's CWD sampling areas may bring tissue samples to be tested for CWD free of charge. Hunters who wish to test deer harvested from other units may send the deer's head to the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in Logan or Spanish Fork and pay a $25 lab fee.

CWD sampling areas: Download a map of the chronic wasting disease sampling areas for the 2021–22 hunting season.

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

  • Take lymph nodes from your deer (you will need to leave about 6 inches of the animal's neck and windpipe attached below the jaw so that we can remove the lymph nodes for the sample)
  • 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.

Chronic wasting disease — a degenerative neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose — was first detected in Utah in 2002. As of Sept. 29, 2021, 124 mule deer and three elk have tested positive for CWD. Learn more about the disease and where it has been found in Utah.

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.

Note: We will be following state and local guidelines regarding COVID-19. If possible, please limit the people who attend your appointment to only the individual that is turning in the deer sample. We also ask that you remain in your vehicle or at a distance until your appointment time.

You can get your deer checked at the following locations during the hunting season:

Northern Utah

Location Dates and times
DWR Northern Region Office
515 E. 5300 South
Ogden, UT 84405
By appointment only, Oct. 25–29 and Nov. 1 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Call 801-476-2740 to make an appointment outside those dates and times.
Snowville, at the interchange of I-84 and Highway 30 Oct. 23–24, from roughly 10 a.m. to dusk
Mountain Green Rest Area, westbound I-84 Oct. 23–24, from roughly 10 a.m. to dusk

Tests are free for deer harvested from the Box Elder, Morgan-South Rich, East Canyon and Chalk Creek units. Call the DWR Northern Region office at 801-476-2740 for more information.

Northeastern Utah

Location Dates and times
DWR Northeastern Region Office
318 N. Vernal Ave.
Vernal, UT 84078
Oct. 25–29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(By appointment only. Call 435-781-9453 to make an appointment.)
Near Strawberry Reservoir (at the junction of U.S. Highway 40 and Co-op Creek Rd., between mile markers 41 and 42) Oct. 23–25, from roughly 9 a.m. to dark
Just north of Vernal on U.S. Highway 191 at the Steinaker Reservoir rest stop, near mile marker 358 Oct. 23–25, from roughly 9 a.m. to dark
West of Manila on SR 43, between mile marker 4 and 3 Oct. 23–25, from roughly 9 a.m. to dark

Tests are free for deer harvested from the North Slope; South Slope, Yellowstone; South Slope, Vernal; South Slope, Diamond Mt; Book Cliffs, North; and Nine Mile, Anthro units. Call the DWR Northeastern Region office at 435-781-9453 for more information.

Central Utah

Location Dates and times
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (Salt Lake Office)
1594 W. North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Oct. 25–29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Call 801-538-4700 to make an appointment outside those dates and times.)
Spanish Fork Canyon (near the Covered Bridge community) Oct. 23–25, from roughly 9 a.m. to dark
Santaquin (I-15 exit 242 on east side of highway) Oct. 23–25, from 9 a.m. to dark
Tooele Text 385-208-6211 for the location and to make an appointment.

Tests are free for deer harvested from the Central Mtns, Manti; Oquirrh-Stansbury; West Desert, Vernon; West Desert, West; and West Desert, Tintic units. Call the DWR Central Region office at 801-491-5678 for more information.

Southeastern Utah

Location Dates and times
DWR Southeastern Region Office
319 N. Carbonville Rd. Suite A
Price, UT 84501
Oct. 23–Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (By appointment only. Call 435-613-3700 to make an appointment.)
The junction of SR-31 and SR-264 and North Skyline Drive Oct. 23–Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The parking lot south of the junction of SR-31 and South Skyline Drive Oct. 23–Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tests are free for deer harvested from the Central Mtns, Manti unit. Call the DWR Southeastern Region office at 435-613-3700 for more information.

Southern Utah

Location Dates and times
DWR Southern Region Office
1470 N. Airport Rd.
Cedar City, UT 84721
By appointment only. Call 435-865-6100 to make an appointment.
At the Sand Ledges, located along Highway 24 at mile marker 21 between Fishlake and Richfield (northbound only) Oct. 23–24, from roughly 10 a.m. to dusk

Tests are free for deer harvested from the Monroe; Mt Dutton; Plateau, Fishlake; Plateau, Thousand Lakes; Plateau, Boulder; and Kaiparowits units. Call the DWR Southern Region office at 435-865-6100 for more information.

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 East in Huntington
  • JC Meats at 3540 S. Hwy 6 in Price
  • Four-Point Meat Processing at 81 W. 200 South in Monticello

If you have questions, please contact a Division office.

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