Colorado Parks and Wildlife targets specific deer and elk hunts for mandatory testing

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has selected specific deer and elk hunts for mandatory chronic wasting disease testing in 2021.

The goal is to inform hunters on how and where to fight the spread of CWD, a parks and wildlife news release said.

Beginning in early October, CPW will be sending letters to Colorado rifle season hunters who have been selected for mandatory CWD testing.

CPW will require mandatory submission of CWD test samples — animal heads — from all elk and deer harvested during rifle seasons from specific hunts to better evaluate the infection levels of CWD in herds, the news release said.

There will be no charge for mandatory testing.

Hunters can find the hunt codes selected for mandatory testing of deer on pages 22–32 and elk on pages 41–52 of the 2021 Colorado Big Game Brochure. The information along with a complete list of CWD testing submission sites is also available at

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