Free Deer Disease Testing

Kansas wildlife officials are offering deer hunters in the state free testing for chronic wasting disease on the carcasses of deer they kill during the 2020-2021 deer hunting seasons.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism is offering the testing in conjunction with the University of Missouri as part of a research project to better understand where the disease is present in Kansas, and how it is spread.

Chronic wasting disease affects deer and elk, and is always fatal.

No human cases have been recorded.

The project will offer the free testing on a maximum of 450 samples over the next three years.

Hunters will need to be able to provide the location of where they killed the deer, using GPS coordinates, range-township-section numbers, or the nearest intersection to receive the free testing.

More information on how to take advantage of the free testing can be found on the department’s website.