CHEYENNE– The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will once again be collecting samples from deer and elk this fall to test for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state’s deer and elk herds. Samples from moose will also be taken. Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease that has been diagnosed in free ranging deer, elk and moose in 11 states and two Canadian provinces. In addition to hunter field checks, there will be head drop barrels in the Jackson region and collections taken at the Green River regional office and various check stations. Deer and elk hunters are encouraged to take advantage of these sampling opportunities throughout the hunting season.

Hunters who wish to have their animals individually tested at their own expense can contact the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory located at 1174 Snowy Range Road in Laramie or call (307) 742-6638.

The dates and locations for CWD sample collection are as follows:

  • Oct. 4-5 – Newcastle Check Station

  • Oct. 4-5 – Meeteetse, Check Station…Hwy 290 west of town

  • Oct. 4 – Rawlins, south

  • Oct 4-5 – Crowheart

  • Oct. 4-5 – Jack’s Place…Hwy 130 east of Centennial

  • Oct. 4-5 – Laramie…Hwy 230, Hansen Livestock Arena

  • Oct. 4-5 – Saratoga…USFS office

  • Oct. 5 – LaBarge Check Station

  • Oct. 5 – Daniel Check Station

  • Oct. 4-5 – Farson Check Station

  • Oct. 1-5 – Gillette…Olds Processing

  • Oct.1-5 – Buffalo…Big Horn Meats

  • Oct. 11-12 – Saratoga…USFS office

  • Oct. 11-12 – Place…Hwy 130 east of Centennial

  • Oct. 15-16 – Douglas…Grizzly Meat Processing

  • Oct. 15-16 – Douglas…Tom’s Meats

  • Oct. 15-16 – Sybille Canyon…Hwy 34/Tunnel Road

  • Oct. 15-16 – Glenrock…Country Style Meat Processing

  • Oct. 15-16 – Lovell…Hwy 14-A east of town

  • Oct. 15-16, 18-19 – Wheatland…Sybille Creek Processing

  • Oct. 15-18 – Meeteetse…Hwy 30 north of town

  • Oct. 15-18 – Greybull…Hwy 16/20 south of town

  • Oct. 15-18 – Shell…Hwy 14 near town

  • Oct. 15-17 – Ten Sleep…Hwy 16 near town

  • Oct. 15-18 – Hyattville…Hwy 31 near town

  • Oct. 15-18 – Manderson…Hwy 31 near town

  • Oct. 15, 18-19 – Lander

  • Oct. 15, 18-19 – North Rawlins

  • Oct. 15, 18-19 – Shoshoni…Hwy 20/26 near Boysen Reservoir

  • Oct. 15, 18-19 – Moneta

  • Oct. 15-16 – Saratoga…USFS office

  • Oct. 15-16 – Jack’s Place…Hwy 130 east of Centennial

  • Oct. 15-17 – Buffalo…Big Horn Meats

  • Oct. 15-17 – Dayton…Valley Meats

  • Oct. 15-17 – Kaycee Check Station

  • Oct. 18-19 – Medicine Bow…Hwy 30/487 junction

  • Oct. 18-19, 26 – LaBarge Check Station

  • Oct. 18-19, 26 – Daniel Check Station

  • Nov. 1-2 – Lovell…Hwy 14-A east of town

  • Nov. 1-3 – Burlington…Hwy 32 near town

  • Nov. 1-3 – Otto…Hwy 30 near town

  • Nov. 1, 3-4 – Powell…Roger’s Meats

  • Nov. 1-10, 16-19,22,23,29,30 – Cody Check Station…Hwy 14-16-20 west of town

  • Nov. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 – Sundance Check Station

  • Nov. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 28-30 – Devil’s Tower Check Station

  • Nov. 16-19, 22-23, 29-30 – Cody…Sunlight Check Station Hwy 296

  • Dec. 1, 6-8, 13-15 – Cody…Sunlight Check Station Hwy 296

  • Dec. 1, 6-8, 13-15 – Cody Check Station…Hwy 14-16-20 west of town

In addition, samples will be collected at the Green River Regional Office and various check stations throughout the elk and deer hunting seasons in the Green River Region.

The Jackson Region will be taking elk samples utilizing head drop barrels located on the National Elk Refuge, Gros Ventre Road and Kelly/Warm Springs Road. Barrels will also be placed in Moran and Moose and at the Jackson regional office.