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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has established Deer Sample Collection Stations at several locations across the state. At these locations, hunters may submit the heads of their legally harvested and telechecked deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing and aging.
Since 2002, the department has CWD-tested now more than 39,000 deer and elk for CWD from every county in the state. Hunters harvested most of those animals. Each county has been represented by multiple deer samples being tested. In addition, CWD Results can be reviewed at
CWD has not been found in the State of Kentucky. To see which states have confirmed CWD in deer or elk, check out the
US Geological Survey’s CWD Map.
The Deer Sample Collection Stations are strategically located to enhance sample collection in areas receiving fewer samples previously and ensure that anyone across the state has an opportunity to have a harvested deer tested for CWD.
There is no cost to hunters for submitting their legally-harvested deer for CWD testing.
Lab testing and age determination may take up to 10 weeks. Results will be available to hunters via this webpage. The department will notify the hunter if the hunter-submitted sample tests positive for CWD.
Hunters who intend to submit a deer head for testing and age determination should:
Step-by-step instructions will be posted at each location.