Q: How soon should a hunter have his deer tested for CWD?
A: To insure a good sample, the sooner the better. The DNR does not recommend that people wait until the end of the season to have their deer tested. In cool weather two or three days or even longer is okay. Frozen heads are difficult to work with and increase the chances of not being able to extract a useful sample.
Q: How many days can a deer hunter wait to take the deer head to the vet? Does the vet need the head 24-48 hours after the kill, or can a hunter wait until season is over?
A: The head should get to the vet as soon as possible.
Q: Veterinarians are charging up to $100 to test for CWD. Is there a ceiling to what a vet can charge?
A: Prices are determined by the participating vet.
Q: Can a hunter we send a harvested deer head directly to the University of Minnesota and reduce this cost?
A: No, hunters cannot send heads directly to the University and only trained persons can extract a sample. Hunters can physically bring a head to the University and they will test it. But the cost is similar to the participating vets.
Q: Do sporting goods stores have test kits that a hunters can use to extract a sample and send it directly to the University at a cost of less than $100? Do stores here in central Minnesota have these kits?
A: Some businesses are offering CWD test kits. But these tests are not done according to United States Department of Agriculture-approved testing procedures, and while they may become available the DNR does not recommend their use. The testing methodology is not the accepted standard.
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