CWD testing update

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2021) - The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently submitted 308 deer tissue samples to the Breathitt Veterinary Center in Hopkinsville for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing, and more than one-third of those were collected this month during Kentucky's early muzzleloader season in the CWD Surveillance Zone of Calloway, Marshall, Graves, Hickman and Fulton counties.

Results were returned Oct. 26 and CWD was not detected in any of the samples.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has CWD-tested 502 deer statewide this year and more than 32,000 deer and elk since 2002.

The always-fatal brain disease has not been detected in Kentucky, but a recent detection in a northwest Tennessee deer activated Kentucky Fish and Wildlife's CWD Response Plan. Special deer hunting restrictions are now in effect for the CWD Surveillance Zone to increase testing there and protect deer and elk across Kentucky.

Of the samples recently tested, 120 were from deer harvested in the CWD Surveillance Zone during the Oct. 16-17 muzzleloader season.


CWD Samples for CWD Surveillance Zone and Statewide Totals: 

County ​Submitted to Lab Results Status  ​ ​

Pending Not Detected Detected  
Calloway 43 43 
Graves 97 97 
Hickman 13 13 
Marshall 31 31 
SZ Subtotal  187 0 187 0 
Statewide Totals  50205020

*As of 10/26/21 

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife operated 17 mandatory CWD check stations in the five-county surveillance zone and will staff the same locations during the modern gun (Nov. 13-28) and late muzzleloader (Dec. 11-19) deer seasons.

All deer harvested in the CWD Surveillance Zone during these seasons must be taken to one of the check station locations, regardless of method of take. License-exempt hunters, such as landowners hunting on their own property, must check their deer as well. Deer from the Surveillance Zone given to others by a hunter during these seasons also must be physically checked.

The remaining samples submitted for testing last week were collected as part of normal statewide disease surveillance efforts.

A map and list of CWD Check Station locations in the surveillance zone are available online at The check stations will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Central) during the modern gun and muzzleloader seasons. Additionally, CWD check stations will be open until noon (Central) on the Monday following the last day of each season requiring a mandatory check.

Before visiting a check station, hunters should fill out a harvest log upon recovering the deer and before moving it and also complete and attach a carcass tag to the deer before transporting the animal.

Hunters should follow standard telecheck requirements, reporting their harvest online or by phone by midnight on the day the animal is recovered and prior to processing the carcass. To reduce wait times, hunters are encouraged to telecheck their harvested deer before arriving at a CWD Check Station.

Hunters will receive a card at each CWD Check Station verifying their visit to the check station. Cards will contain information about how to view test results for their deer. Testing and aging of deer are provided at no charge for deer brought to a CWD Check Station.

Sample results will be available at Results can take several weeks depending on whether hunters are getting their deer professionally processed or using taxidermy services.

View a video about the CWD Check Station process:

A printable checklist for hunters that covers deer hunting requirements in the CWD Surveillance Zone is available online at View a hunter checklist video here:

Please continue to check Kentucky Fish and Wildlife's website and social media channels for future updates.​

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