FITCHBURG, Wis. -Hunters are reminded that free chronic wasting disease testing services are available at registration stations within the designated CWD monitoring areas and in selected areas where voluntary surveillance is occurring.
"Monitoring the occurrence and spread of CWD is an important wildlife management objective. Three CWD monitoring areas [PDF] will have mandatory sampling in 2012. Two areas are at the fringes of the CWD Management Zone and one is in the core area centered near the Dane-Iowa county line," said DNR wildlife supervisor Eric Lobner.
For maps and a list of registration stations go to the DNR website dnr.wi.gov and search for "CWD sampling." Many of the listed stations are also drop-off points for the venison donation program. Hours may vary at some locations so calling ahead is recommended.
Additional opening weekend sampling services
Additional sampling services will be provided by DNR wildlife management staff on opening weekend - Nov. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day at the following locations.
All deer killed in the CWD management zone must be registered within the unit of kill or an adjacent unit within the CWD management zone. All deer killed within the CWD management zone must be registered no later than 5 p.m. on the third day after harvest or by 5 p.m. on the day after the close of the season, whichever is earlier.
Hunters who will be transporting their deer out of the CWD management zone are reminded that whole deer carcasses and certain restricted parts - brain, spinal cord and lymphoid tissue - can only be transported to other areas of the state if they are taken to a licensed meat processor or taxidermist within 72 hours of registration.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Lobner, Wildlife Supervisor, 608-235-0860
Or Bob Manwell, DNR Office of Communications - 608-275-3317