Deer Disease Monitoring in Iowa

The Iowa DNR actively monitors diseases affecting deer in the state. The primary diseases that are monitored include Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), Hemorrhagic Disease/Bluetongue (HD), and Bovine Tuberculosis (TB). The pathology and disease ecology of each have vastly different consequences for deer management.

More information regarding the major differences between EHD and CWD can be found on the Quality Deer Management Association's website.


We cannot fight this battle alone, we need your help.

  • Do not use feed or salt-mineral licks to attract deer. These baited sites increase the concentration of deer, which spreads the disease.
     
  • Do not leave a carcass or bones to decay on the land. Disposal with residential waste is permissible. Contact your local waste hauler for requirements. Make absolutely sure not to transport and dump carcasses outside of the area where the deer were shot as this will spread the disease to new areas.
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Additional Information, Deer Diseases
+ Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease / Bluetongue (HD)
+ Tuberculosis (TB)
+ Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

Deer Management Zones: Chronic Wasting Disease

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has established deer management zones in areas where wild deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Chronic wasting disease is spread through direct contact between deer, and through urine, blood, feces and saliva left on the landscape where it remains infectious for years. This disease is 100 percent fatal. Infected deer may not display symptoms.

The new deer management zone allows hunters an additional opportunity to pursue deer while assisting the Iowa DNR with collecting valuable data. Each zone has a quota of 250 antlerless licenses specific to the area, in addition to any exiting county quota.

There are a few stipulations hunters agree to when purchasing these licenses:

  1. Licenses are good only in the zone, not county wide
  2. Hunters must take a deer to the local check station or call the number on the zone map to arrange for sample collection.
  3. Successful hunters must provide a tissue sample

Hunters with county specific or general deer licenses may hunt in these zones without the stipulations, but are encouraged to provide tissue samples.


 

Zone license: Hunters may purchase Elkader Zone licenses locally at Elkader Coast-to-Coast, 563-349-7511, or at the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines.
Zone map: Elkader: Deer Management Zone Map
Check Station: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Dec. 1-5, 8-10, 15-16, and Jan. 12-13
Osborne Park, 29862 Osborne Road, Elkader
Dumpster on-sight, email questions to ElkaderCWD@dnr.iowa.gov
Tissue Collection: Successful hunters must call 563-349-7511 to arrange for tissue sample collection.

 

 

 

Zone license: Hunters may purchase Harpers Ferry Zone licenses locally at Barry’s Minimart, in Harpers Ferry, 563-586-2281, Sportsmen Unlimited, in Waukon, 563-568-4955 or at the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines.
Zone map: Harpers Ferry: Deer Management Zone Map
Check Station: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Dec. 1-5, 8-10, 15-16, and Jan. 12-13
DNR Office, 427 N. First Street, Harpers Ferry
Dumpster on-sight, email questions to AllamakeeCWD@dnr.iowa.gov
Tissue Collection: Successful hunters must call 563-349-7550 to arrange for tissue sample collection.

 

 


Zone license: Hunters may purchase Seymour Zone licenses locally at the Corydon Hy-Vee, 641-872-1564, or Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines.
Zone map: Wayne: Deer Management Zone Map
Check Station: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Dec. 1-5, 8-10, 15-16, and Jan. 12-13
Fire Station, 515 West Main St., Seymour
Dumpster nearby, email questions to WayneCWD@dnr.iowa.gov
Tissue Collection: Successful hunters must call 641-208-5411 to arrange for tissue sample collection.