Submit CWD Samples and Win Prizes

CWD in Wyoming

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a progressive, 100% fatal disease of deer, elk, moose and other cervids. In Wyoming, chronic wasting disease has been documented in 33 of 37 mule deer herds, all white-tailed deer herds, and 15 of 35 elk herds, and has continued to spread since first documented in 1985,

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has established a CWD surveillance program to accurately estimate CWD prevalence in the State’s deer and elk herds.  The program focuses sampling efforts in two to three herd units within each of the eight WGFD regions each year, allowing for coverage of the entire state every four to five years.  To accurately determine prevalence and evaluate effectiveness of future management actions, at least 200 hunter-killed adult male deer or adult elk samples are needed from each targeted herd.

How do I take a CWD sample?

Win Hunting Gear

A hunting gear raffle is being offered to incentivize hunters to submit samples and to recognize the frontline role hunters play in battling this disease.

Hunters will be entered to win prizes if they provide a useable CWD sample(s), with complete and accurate hunter and harvest information, from the appropriate tissue.

There are two tiers of prizes:

Tier I:
Hunters are eligible for Tier I prizes when they submit adult male mule deer (2 years or older) or any adult elk (2 years or older) from targeted CWD monitoring hunt areas.

Tier II:
Hunters are eligible for Tier II prizes when they submit samples for all other areas (non-targeted CWD monitoring areas) of the state, regardless of what hunt area.

Winners will be drawn randomly by early March 2023.  Winning entries in Tier 1 will be excluded from entry into drawing for Tier 2 prizes.


Hunt Areas targeted for CWD sampling in 2022 (Tier 1) include:

Deer: 1-6, 59, 60, 64-66, 124, 130, 131, 134, 135, 138-146, 150-156, 157, 165, 171
Elk: 7, 19, 33, 34, 41, 45, 47-49, 67-71, 75, 77-85, 88-91, 93, 95, 96, 102-105, 120, 127

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Tier 1

1st Place
(Valued at $2300, donated by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Browning and Leupold.)

2nd Place
(Valued at $2250, donated by Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation, Muley Fanatic Foundation, Weatherby and Maven)


3rd Place

(Valued at $2200, donated by Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation, Muley Fanatic Foundation and Maven)

Tier 2

1st Place
(Valued at $800, donated by  Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation, Muley Fanatic Foundation and Weatherby)
2nd Place

(Valued at $1000, donated by Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation, Muley Fanatic Foundation and Maven)

3rd Place

(Valued at $620, donated by Muley Fanatic Foundation and Stone Glacier)

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