michigan cwd testing

This Montage of Michigan CWD and TB Testing Will Blow Your Mind


If you feel like wildlife officials aren't working hard to fight CWD and TB, think again.

The battle against chronic wasting disease has been a losing one for quite a while now. The neurological disease continues to spread, despite wildlife officials' best efforts to control it. States have implemented deer check stations, where hunters are required to check their harvests within a certain window of time.

Of the states with CWD management high on their priority lists, Michigan has arguably been the most tenacious. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources was able to test more than 30,000 deer heads throughout the 2018 hunting seasons for CWD and Bovine Tuberculosis.

And, just to paint a picture of how much work goes into the testing, the DNR released a time-lapse video from the surveillance cameras at the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health in Lansing.

The video below shows us one day at the lab.


CWD and TB Testing

Thank you Michigan deer hunters for helping the DNR with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) surveillance during the 2018 deer seasons. Thanks to your cooperation and the hard work of DNR staff at the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health this year, we were able to test more than 30,000 deer heads. This time-lapse video is from a single day at the lab this year.

Posted by Michigan Department of Natural Resources on Friday, January 25, 2019

The process to test a deer for these diseases is a complex one used nationwide. They remove lymph nodes from every deer, then take a small piece of tissue from the internal part to be tested for CWD.

It's imperative that hunters cooperate with wildlife agencies to combat CWD, otherwise we'll eventually lose this fight and ultimately our favorite big-game animal.

In the caption of this Facebook post, the DNR credited Michigan hunters for carrying their weight in the collective effort.


Michigan's current CWD Management Zone includes Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ottawa and Shiawassee counties.

Using a thorough approach and essentially locking down the Lower Peninsula, the DNR is doing everything it can to keep CWD numbers in check. Many other states are using these methods, too.

It's up to us as hunters to meet our wildlife officials halfway and take control of this devastating disease.