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Know CWD website [exit DNR] Included on this site is 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

Sampling and registration for chronic wasting disease

There are stations available for CWD sampling in portions of the southern part of the state as well as other portions of the state.

All deer killed must be registered in the unit of kill or in an adjoining unit. All deer harvested by hunters during the November 9-day Gun Deer Season must be registered no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day after the last day of the season. During all other seasons, all harvested deer must be registered no later than 5:00 p.m. the day after the harvest.

For a searchable list of all of the registration stations please view the registration station database.

Southern Wisconsin CWD sampling

These maps shows the locations of registration stations and donation sites where free hunter service testing will be provided by the DNR for deer harvested during the 2013 chronic wasting disease (CWD) deer seasons.

For additional information on the stations, such as address and phone number, please view the 2013 station details [PDF].

Field sampling at a registration station.

Statewide CWD sampling

CWD sampling will be offered at various locations throughout the state depending on the surveillance goals of that year.

Northwest Wisconsin sampling

Portage, Adams and Juneau counties

Hunters harvesting deer within the three surveillance areas in central Wisconsin can have their deer tested for CWD by contacting one of the central Wisconsin cooperators. After harvesting and registering their deer, hunters should call ahead to one of the cooperators and make arrangements to drop the head off for testing.

Additional options for CWD testing

There are several options available to hunters who harvest a deer in an area where the department isn't able to provide surveillance testing.

Private veterinarian CWD testing program

The Hunter Service Testing Program is a cooperative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection; Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association; Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the United States Department of Agriculture. This program is designed to provide CWD testing opportunities to hunters from areas of the state not already sampled as part of the DNR CWD surveillance effort. The program is built upon a network of private veterinary practitioners who are trained and approved to extract samples for CWD testing.

Each participating veterinarian will determine the fee that they will charge the hunter for sampling services and testing costs. The veterinarians will also decide when they will begin accepting requests for sampling and testing.

The following list of veterinarians [PDF] across the state provides details on those that may be able to sample registered, hunter killed deer for CWD. Hunters should contact veterinarians directly. Samples will be extracted at each participating clinic and sent to a USDA certified laboratory for testing. Results will be returned to the veterinarian who submitted the sample and shared with the DNR.

Testing deer at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL)

Hunters can choose to take their deer directly to WVDL to obtain CWD testing for a fee. Results will be sent directly to the hunter and shared with the DNR.

Last revised: Monday June 09 2014