Share the Harvest: CWD Testing Requirements


For deer harvested from CWD Management Zone counties

Deer harvested from CWD Management Zone counties may only be donated to Share the Harvest if they are tested for CWD. Donations must go to a meat processor participating in the Share the Harvest CWD Testing Program. Deer harvested outside of the CWD Management Zone do not need to be tested for donation to Share the Harvest and may be taken to any Share the Harvest processor.

The CWD Management Zone will include 38 counties for the 2022-2023 deer season. Barton, Greene, Ripley, and Vernon counties are new for the season:

Adair, Barry, Barton, Cedar, Chariton, Christian, Camden, Clark, Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Jefferson, Knox, Laclede, Linn, Macon, McDonald, Mercer, Oregon, Ozark, Perry, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Ripley,  St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Vernon, Warren, Washington.

Processors Participating in the Share the Harvest CWD-Testing Program
County Processor Name Address City Phone
Adair Countryside Butcher 29613 Friendship Trail La Plata (660) 216-7968
Camden K & K Meat Processing 364 Phillipsburg Lane Richland (573) 480-1635
Cedar Bear Creek Meats 19827 E. 1450 Stockton (417) 808-0093
Christian Oldfield Packing LLC 192 Andrews Road Sparta (417) 634-3943
Clark Hilltop Butcher Shop LLC 28579 County Road 197 Alexandria (660) 216-8801
Clark Kahoka Meat Processing 115 S Jefferson Street Kahoka (660) 727-3433
Crawford Mary's Valley Meats 20 Brown Cemetery Road Steelville (573) 786-6328
Dallas Shrocks Country Butchering 25 Wildlife Road Buffalo (417) 345-4342
Franklin Beaufort Meat Processing 5234 Highway 185 Leslie (573) 484-3312
Hickory Hays Processing 13663 Highway 83 Quincy (417) 399-3437
Howell Barnett Meat Processing 611 St. Louis Street West Plains (417) 256-3261
Jefferson John's Butcher Shoppe Inc 503 N Mill Street Festus (636) 931-7776
Laclede Roberts Cattle Company 31210 Highway O Lebanon (417) 531-5206
Lawrence J & J Processing 2757 Lawrence 2225 Pierce City (417) 548-0310
Macon Buck Ridge Custon Meats 36234 Kayak Avenue Excello (660) 299-0278
Macon Yoder Processing 13736 Beechnut St. Ethel (660) 486-3221
Madison Walker's Meat Processing 2625 Madison 535 Fredericktown (573) 366-6387
Mercer Sunrise Meats, LLC 29399 Karma Avenue Princeton (660) 748-3390
Perry Stonie's Sausage Shop 1507 Edgemont Blvd. Perryville (573) 547-2540
Ralls Four Quarter Processing Highway 154 West Perry (573) 735-2499
Schuyler Robert Aldridge 806 Cedar Street Queen City (660) 216-1337
Scotland Missouri Meat Processing 26832 County Road 161 Rutledge (660) 342-8534
Sullivan Green City Foods 19 W 2nd Street Green City (660) 216-7456
Texas Cabool Kountry Meats LLC 90 Industrial Park Drive Cabool (417) 962-2112

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CWD is a disease of deer and elk. Although there have been no identified cases of CWD transmission to humans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following precautions:

  • Hunters in areas known to have CWD should test their deer for CWD before eating meat from the deer.
  • Deer that test positive for CWD should not be consumed.
  • In general, if a deer looks or acts sick, it should not be consumed.

CWD testing requirements have been put in place for the CWD Management Zone to ensure that deer donated to Share the Harvest are tested in accordance with the CDC’s recommendations.

  • Hunters may present their unsampled deer for donation to participating CWD testing processors; the processor will collect a tissue sample or the head for testing.
  • Or, deer can be sampled prior to donation, but hunters must present the CWD barcode number provided at the sampling location to the Share the Harvest processor.
  • Hunters who harvest a deer from select CWD Management Zone counties on November 12th and 13th must present their deer to an MDC Mandatory Sampling station. You will receive the CWD barcode number to take with you to the Share the Harvest CWD Testing participant at the time of donation.

To collect a CWD sample, processors will need to cut through the neck of your deer. If you want to keep the cape you will need to make special arrangements:

  • Have a taxidermist cape your deer first, then deliver the caped head/deer to the participating CWD testing processor.
  • Take your deer to a taxidermist participating in the Voluntary CWD Sampling Program to have it sampled. Have them give you the CWD Sample barcode number and give it to the Share the Harvest Processor.
  • Call ahead before visiting a processor to ensure you can keep your deer head. Some participating Share the Harvest Testing Processors are collecting deer heads for sampling by MDC and do not sample the deer themselves.
  • Deer with the head removed are not eligible for donation unless a sample was collected, and a sample number is provided to the processor.
    • You can find a CWD testing location nearest to you by visiting our Voluntary CWD Sampling page. They will sample your deer free of charge. Have them give you the CWD Sample barcode number you can give to the Share the Harvest Processor when you donate you deer.