Chronic Wasting Disease

Crow Wing County is taking steps to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the local deer population. We are accepting deer carcasses from hunters that are residents of Crow Wing County free of charge at the County Landfill on Highway 210 east of Brainerd in order to provide a containment option to minimize the spread of CWD on the rest of the landscape. There has been one confirmed case of CWD in the wild deer population in Crow Wing County.

Crow Wing County is encouraging all hunters to bring their deer carcasses to the Landfill for disposal free of charge. “The more carcasses that are brought into the Landfill and disposed of in a responsible manner, the less likely that CWD is further spread across the landscape”, stated Ryan Simonson, Environmental Services Supervisor. “Deer carcasses may be incinerated or placed in strategic locations within the Landfill to minimize disposal risk, so it is very important that carcasses are brought in separately from other garbage.” 

Crow Wing County Landfill will be open the following Saturday's & Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for  Deer Carcass Disposal ONLY

November 6th & 7th

November 13th & 14th

November 20th &  21st

Everyone must check in at the scale office to be directed to the correct drop site!

Self Haulers - Residents20191001_105348

Licensed Haulers - Multiple carcasses


Chronic Wasting Disease  -  What Hunters Need to Know  (MN DNR - PDF)

Chronic Waste Disease in Minnesota (MN DNR - PDF)

What permit area are you in? What are the testing requirements? View the DNR Deer Permit Area Map here for more information

Due to the discovery of CWD in a wild deer found in Crow Wing County, the DNR designated a CWD management zone, deer permit area 604, for the 2019, 2020, and 2021 hunting seasons.

For the 2021 season, CWD sampling is mandatory for all deer, 1 year of age or older, harvested in this zone for the opening weekend of firearms seasons.cwd_nc-managementzone

What can you do?

  1. Keep hunting
  2. Bring deer carcasses to the CWC Landfill or to a DNR dumpster site for Free (Click here        to see updated DNR dumpster locations) *Carcasses MUST be separated from other waste
  3. Handle & dispose of your carcass in a responsible manner
  4. Stay up to date with the latest regulations @
  5. Do NOT feed deer


Crow Wing County has participated in numerous meetings with the MN Department of Natural Resources, the MN Pollution Control Agency, the MN Board of Animal Health, Conservation Officers, and several local businesses in an effort to better understand the disease and be more proactive to contain the spread. In addition, we are committed to ensuring residents get the best information that research currently offers on this disease.