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Know CWD [exit DNR] General information about CWD in Wisconsin including common misconceptions.
- Contact information
- For information on CWD, contact:
- Timothy Marien
CWD wildlife biologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
Carcass movement restrictions
The purpose of restricting where deer carcasses can be moved is to prevent tissues most likely to contain CWD from being brought to areas of the state where CWD does not yet exist.
Deer carcass movement in Wisconsin
The movement of both whole wild-deer carcasses and certain parts of those carcasses from the CWD affected counties can only be moved within all of the CWD affected counties and an adjacent county.
However, hunters are allowed to take whole cervid carcasses or any parts of carcasses harvested in the CWD-affected counties or in any state or province where CWD has been found, into any part of Wisconsin, provided the carcass (or nonexempt parts) are taken to a licensed taxidermist or meat processor within 72 hours of registering a Wisconsin deer, or within 72 hours of entering Wisconsin from another state. Meat processors and taxidermists are excluded since they must follow strict rules regarding waste disposal, thereby removing the risks associated with improper disposal.
Deer parts that may be moved
- Meat that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately).
- Quarters or other portions of meat to which no part of the spinal column is attached.
- Meat that has been deboned.
- Hides with no heads attached.
- Finished taxidermy heads.
- Antlers with no tissue attached.
- Clean skull plates with no lymphoid or brain tissue attached.
- Clean skulls with no lymphoid or brain tissue attached.
- Upper canine teeth (also known as buglers, whistlers or ivories).
Without being brought to a licensed taxidermist or meat processor the only parts from legally-harvested wild cervids from within the CWD affected counties that may be transported beyond those deer management units adjacent to the CWD affected counties as well as from other states and provinces that have CWD are included in the table.
Chronic wasting disease outside of Wisconsin
Chronic wasting disease has been found in wild cervids in the following states and provinces. Whole carcasses and parts of carcasses, other than those listed in the table, from these states and provinces are not allowed into Wisconsin unless taken to a meat processor or taxidermist within 72 hours of entry into Wisconsin.
- United States: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming
- Canadian Provinces: Alberta and Saskatchewan