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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 (DWR) check stations. During the first few days of the rifle hunt, we will be collecting deer tissue 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 (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. 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. As of Oct. 7, 2020, a total of 118 deer and two 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:

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (main office)

Location Dates and times
1594 W. North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Oct. 19–23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Call 385-368-1672 to make an appointment outside those dates and times.)

Northern Utah

Location Dates and times
Northern Region Office
515 E. 5300 South
Ogden, UT 84405
By appointment only. Call 801-476-2740 to make an appointment.
Snowville, just off I-84 exit 5 on Highway 30 Oct. 17–18, from roughly 10 a.m. to dark
Brigham City at Mayor's Pond (which is at the mouth of Sardine Canyon and 200 S.) Oct. 17–18, from roughly 10 a.m. to dark
At the mouth of Blacksmith Fork Canyon Oct. 17–18, from roughly 10 a.m. to dark
At the mouth of Logan Canyon Oct. 17–18, from roughly 10 a.m. to dark
At one of the gravel pull offs on state Route 39, on the south side of Pineview Reservoir Oct. 17–18, from roughly 10 a.m. to dark
The Cache Valley Public Shooting Range (at 2851 W. 200 North in Logan) By appointment only. Call 801-476-2740 to make an appointment.
The Bothwell UDOT Station (at 8875 W. 1000 North in Tremonton) By appointment only. Call 801-476-2740 to make an appointment.

Northeastern Utah

Location Dates and times
Northeastern Region Office
318 N. Vernal Ave.
Vernal, UT 84078
Oct. 19–23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Call 453-781-9453 to make an appointment.)
Strawberry Valley
(at the junction of US 40 and Co-op Creek Rd., between mile markers 41 and 42)
Oct. 17–19, from roughly 9 a.m. to dark
Just north of Vernal on US Highway 191 at the Steinaker reservoir rest stop, near mile marker 358 Oct. 17–19, from roughly 9 a.m. to dark

Southern Utah

Location Dates and times
Southern Region Office
1470 N. Airport Rd.
Cedar City, UT 84721
By appointment only. Call 435-865-6100 to make an appointment.
On Highway 56 (mile marker 55–56) Oct. 17–18, from 9:30 a.m. to dark
On Highway 91 (mile marker 21–22, near Ivins) Oct. 17–18, from 9:30 a.m. to dark
At the UDOT shed on I-15 Northbound/Highway 20 Oct. 17–18, from 10 a.m. to dark
In Cedar Canyon on Highway 14 (at mile marker 2.5) Oct. 7, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24 and 25, from 11 a.m. to dark (You may also enter into a prize drawing at this location to help California condors in the area.)
The Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park area (at the Yellowjacket Canyon and Hancock Road intersection) Oct. 7, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24 and 25, from 11 a.m. to dark (You may also enter into a prize drawing at this location to help California condors in the area.)

Central Utah

Location Dates and times
Spanish Fork Canyon (near the Covered Bridge community) Oct. 17–19, from roughly 9 a.m. to dark
South of Grantsville (on S. West Street and the Mormon Trail Road) Oct. 17–19, from roughly 9 a.m. to dark
In Utah County (near Fairfield and Five Mile Pass on State Route 73) Oct. 17–19, from roughly 9 a.m. to dark
At the Juab County Fairgrounds (at 400 W. Center St. in Nephi) Oct. 17–19, from roughly 9 a.m. to dark
On Highway 6 (between Eureka and Elberta) Oct. 17–19, from roughly 9 a.m. to dark

Southeastern Utah

Location Dates and times
Miller Travel Center
2195 E. Main St.
Wellington, UT 84542
(east of Wellington on US-6/191)
Oct. 17–19, from roughly 9 a.m. to dark

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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