A deer with CWD will only begin to look sick in the late stages of the disease, several months after it has been infected.
Most positive deer found in North Dakota appeared healthy when they were harvested. The only way to determine if your animal is infected with CWD is by getting it tested.
Testing information is also critical for determining the distribution of CWD and evaluating the success of the Department’s management strategy.
To have your deer tested, you can either drop off its head at one of the Department's drop-off sites (https://gf.nd.gov/wildlife/diseases/cwd/surveillance), or request a sampling kit (https://gf.nd.gov/wildlife/diseases/cwd/sampling-kit-request) and follow the directions on this page to send in a sample for testing.