2016 -2017 Submission Information
You can take heads or tissue samples to a CPW office submission site or a participating veterinarian. You must bring your license so that CPW can scan the bar code and obtain your address and phone number. You will be asked for kill site coordinates or to show it on a map at the submission site, along with the unit and date of harvest. If someone else submits your animal, they must bring your CID number, but you should keep your license. Submitters should bring the information listed above. For more information, please view the following documents:
All samples are sent to Colorado State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for testing.
Testing is for CWD screening only and does not assure the absolute safety of meat for human consumption. Testing accuracy and sensitivity vary, depending on sample type and quality.
No test can assure complete accuracy, and "not detected" results don't exclude the possibility of early stage CWD.
Tests are completed as soon as possible. The goal is to provide results within 10-15 working days (i.e., 2-3 weeks), subject to volume and laboratory backlog. Suspected positive results are confirmed by a second test, which takes 7-10 more working days.
Because moose samples are tested differently than deer and elk, their initial results may not be available for 15-20 working days or more.
Hunters whose animals test positive are contacted by CPW. If you don't get test results more than three weeks (15 working days) after submission, call a CPW office.
If you have any questions regarding your results
please contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
License Fee & Other Refunds
Hunters whose deer, elk or moose test positive for CWD are eligible for a license fee refund or an antlerless license. If the hunting season has ended or there's not a reasonable amount of time left in the current season, CPW may issue an antlerless license for the next year's season in the same unit where the animal was killed. If antlerless hunting isn't offered in that unit, CPW can designate a substitute unit. When paid, costs for processing CWD- positive animals are refunded. Requests for reimbursements must be made on CPW forms and accompanied by receipts. Reimbursements up to $50 for processing allowed without receipts. Reimbursements for deer and elk are limited to $100 per animal for private processing or $200 per animal for commercial processing. The maximum allowed for commercial processing of moose is $250.
For Moose: If the original license was for a season that closed before Oct. 31, the replacement license will be valid until Oct. 31.
Chronic Wasting Disease Sampling Demonstration
Watch the CWD Field Testing Instructions for Hunters video.