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CWD Positive Counties in TN


For the 2021-2022 deer hunting season, there are new hunting incentives to support TWRA’s CWD management efforts.

1.       Voucher Incentive:

  • Hunters who receive a CWD-positive test result for a harvested deer will receive a voucher worth $75 that can be redeemed at a participating processor.
  • Voucher may be gifted to another individual
  • Voucher may be redeemed during the 2021-2022 or the 2022-2023 deer season
  • Thanks to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation for partnering with TWRA to make this program possible

2.       License Incentive:           

  • Any resident hunter who harvests two or more CWD-positive deer will be given an Annual Sportsman license for the 2022-2023 hunting season
  • If hunter has a lifetime license, the earned license may be gifted to another TN resident
  • Thanks to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation for vital support of this program
Fight CWD with the Incentive Program

Why Have a Harvest Incentive Program?

As we’ve said since the discovery of CWD, hunters are our greatest partners in the fight against CWD. While this incentive is fairly limited, we think it will motivate some hunters to harvest more deer and therefore help reduce deer density and prevent the spread of CWD.  Unfortunately, management options for CWD are limited, but TWRA staff will continue to do our part to identify new ways to help hunting continue to be the number one tool in keeping this disease in check.

Unit CWD Earn-a-Buck

To increase the number of deer harvested and sampled for CWD management, additional bucks may be earned.

  • Unit CWD includes Chester, Crockett,       Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Madison, Lauderdale, McNairy, Shelby, and Tipton counties.
  • Tennessee’s antlered deer bag limit (2) did not change; therefore it still applies to hunters hunting Unit CWD as well as the rest of the state.
  • Unit CWD hunters may earn an unlimited number of antlered deer for harvest in Unit CWD, in addition to the statewide antlered deer bag limit of two.”
  • An additional antlered deer is earned for every two antlerless deer harvested in Unit CWD and submitted for CWD testing. 
  • Earned antlered deer must be harvested in Unit   CWD.
  • Valid for 2020-21 hunting season only.

Unit CWD Replacement Buck

To assist CWD management efforts, replacement bucks will encourage hunters to continue hunting and harvesting and be an added incentive for hunters to have their deer tested for CWD.

  • Unit CWD includes Chester, Crockett, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Madison, Lauderdale, McNairy, Shelby, and Tipton counties.
  • Unit CWD hunters will receive a replacement antlered deer if they harvest a CWD-positive antlered deer and the lab result is confirmed by TWRA.
  • There is no limit on the number of replacement antlered deer.
  • Valid for 2020-21 hunting season only.
  • Replacement bucks may only be harvested in Unit CWD or in the county where the qualifying  CWD-positive antlered deer was harvested

CWD Testing

To test a deer for CWD, lymph nodes are extracted from the base of a deer’s skull,  packed in ice, and sent to an accredited laboratory.

The primary method that TWRA will use to report CWD test results to hunters will be by email.  It is a good idea to make sure that your TWRA account has an up to date email address! To do that, go to and login to update your information. Once samples are submitted, it takes about two (2) weeks to get results.

* View an interactive map of all CWD sampling locations. Zoom in on the map to see more details; type a county or city name in the search box to zoom to that area; click on an icon on the map to open a window with more information about the site.

Interactive CWD Sample Locations Map

In Unit CWD

The following options are available.  Please remember to follow the CWD Affected Counties Transport Regulation when moving your deer before it is processed. 

*CWD Sample Drop-off Freezers.  Follow the instructions on the freezer.  You will need to leave the head of your deer, with antlers removed, plus 6 to 8 inches of neck to allow for lymph node extraction.

-Freezer Locations

*Participating Taxidermists and Meat Processors.  You can have your deer processed at these participating vendors or just submit the head of your deer, with antlers removed, plus 6 inches of the neck and they will work with TWRA to test your deer for CWD.

-Taxidermists  and  -Meat Processors


Outside of Unit CWD - CWD Sample Drop-off Freezer Locations for Regions 2, 3, and 4

The following options are available:

*Submit the head, with antlers removed, plus 6” of the neck at any of the Unit CWD options listed above

*Submit the head, with antlers removed, plus 6” of the neck at a Sample Drop-off Freezer in your local Region.

-Outside Unit CWD - CWD Sample Drop-off Freezer locations for Regions 2, 3, and 4


CWD Test Results

CWD test results will be listed in the table below by harvest confirmation number.  Hunters who have had their deer tested for CWD will also receive the results by way of an email. 

It is a good idea to make sure that your TWRA account has an up to date email address

For all positive CWD results, NOT including those found in Fayette and Hardeman counties, hunters will also receive a phone call from a TWRA biologist.

Lookup CWD Test Results for the 2020-2021 Deer Season

Search by Harvest Confirmation Number

Confirmation Number Date of Harvest County of Harvest Result

Important Hunting Guidelines

Limit Your Exposure to CWD

There is no scientific evidence that CWD can be naturally transmitted to humans. However, as a general precaution, TWRA and health officials advise that hunters take the following common-sense precautions when handling and processing deer or elk in areas known to have CWD:

  • Avoid sick animals. Do not shoot, handle, or consume any animal that appears sick; contact your local wildlife agency personnel. 
  • Have your animal processed in the area in which it was harvested so high-risk parts can be disposed of properly.
  • Wear rubber/latex gloves when field-dressing carcasses.
  • Minimize handling the brain, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils and lymph nodes of any deer or elk. Normal field dressing coupled with boning out a carcass will remove most, if not all, of these body parts. Cutting away all fatty tissue will remove remaining lymph nodes.
  • Thoroughly wash hands. Knives and other tools should be washed with warm soapy water to completely remove all visible debris and fat/grease before sanitizing. Sanitize tools by soaking them in a solution of 50 percent household bleach with 50 percent water for 20 minutes. Thoroughly rinse bleach off. Let air dry. 
  • While transporting, store all portions of the animal in a container such as a cooler, bin, or bag that will not leak fluids into the environment.
  • In Unit CWD, have your animal tested and do not consume animals that test positive for CWD.

Help Keep CWD in Tennessee Deer to a Minimum

  • Keep hunting! Take advantage of the additional opportunities to harvest deer in CWD affected counties.
  • Honor carcass transportation restrictions for Tennessee if hunting out-of-state, or exporting from CWD affected counties. (Only De-boned meat, clean skulls, skull plates and teeth, antlers, finished taxidermy, hides, and tanned products.).
  • Follow the regulation prohibiting the placement of grain, salt products, minerals and other consumable products for wildlife in CWD affected counties. CWD Affected Counties - Wildlife Feeding Restrictions.

Have deer tested for CWD and follow best practices for carcass disposal in CWD affected counties.

  • Report sick or abnormal-looking deer or Elk to TWRA.
  • Report anyone not abiding by carcass transport laws to TWRA. Region Contact information
  • Abide by the new regulation regarding the use of synthetic urine lures or products with the Archery Trade Association’s seal of approval.   Urine Lure Restrictions.

Best Practices for Carcass Disposal

Deer carcass and carcass parts from infected deer pose a significant threat to preventing the spread of CWD.  As such, TWRA recommends the following best practices for disposal of unused deer parts, including gut material from field dressing a deer:

  • Leave unused parts at harvest location.  Bury the parts to further minimize possible spread.
  • Bag in contractor-grade 3mm think garbage bag(s) and dispose of in a landfill.
  • Use a meat processor for disposal

Temporary Deer Carcass Management Site

A short-term deer carcass management site at Chickasaw Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Hardeman County will be in operation during the 2020-2021 hunting season.

Carcasses from CWD-infected deer, if not managed appropriately, can pass the infectious material (prions) into the environment, which can then infect other deer. It is not known to affect humans, pets, or livestock.

Landfill operators in the CWD affected area only accept deer for the disposal that is confirmed not detected for CWD. Because testing may take more than two weeks, it is often not possible to know the CWD status prior to disposal. If a landfill is not readily available, meat processors, taxidermists, and hunters need a place to responsibly dispose of the parts of deer that are not eaten or otherwise used. To help these stakeholders and ensure the best management of CWD, TWRA is providing a place where deer may be buried in consultation with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA), and the University of Tennessee Extension.

TWRA is working with the recommendations of these partners and current best management practices for appropriate carcass disposal. Clay soils have been shown to bind CWD prions (the infectious agent) and reduce their availability in the environment to other animals. For this reason, the burial of deer carcasses in clay soils prevents the movement of prions within the environment and manages them according to the best available science.

Chickasaw WMA has been selected as a carcass management site for the 2020-2021 hunting season because:

• The native soil composition includes clay

• It is a state-owned property

• It is in an already CWD-positive county

• It is a remote location with less potential for public impact

TWRA is also adding more clay to the native soil to enhance the effectiveness of the site, constructing a fence around the area, and covering deer carcasses immediately to ensure odors and scavengers are not a problem.

Directions and Hours:

The site is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am – 2 pm.

Via Hwy 18: Turn East onto Big Springs Rd, travel 2.8 miles, the site is on the left

Via Hwy 100: Turn North onto Firetower Rd, travel 1.4 miles.  Turn Left onto Big Springs Rd, travel 1mile, the site is on the right.