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Know CWD website

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

Chronic wasting disease regulations

Included on this page are regulations that pertain to chronic wasting disease (CWD) hunting seasons, season dates and hunting opportunites.

2014 deer hunting season structure

Hunting Season Dates Kill Type Notes
Archery & Crossbow September 13-January 4 Either sex In metro subunits season extends to January 31
Youth Gun Hunt October 11-12 Either sex Not in state parks
9-day Gun Deer November 22-30 Either sex In metro subunits season extends to December 10
Muzzleloader December 1-10 Either sex The ten days immediately following the traditional 9-day firearm season
December Antlerless December 11-14 Antlerless only Central Farmland and Central Forest Zones only
Holiday Hunt December 24-January 1 Antlerless only Southern Farmland Zone only, not in state parks

2014 deer season structure

Deer tags

  • Each deer hunting license (archer, gun and crossbow) will be valid for one buck statewide.
  • One free antlerless tag will be issued with each deer hunting license for use in any Farmland Zone unit only, except these tags will be valid statewide for youth under 18 years of age and Class A and C disabled permit holders.
  • Additional bonus antlerless tags may be purchased if available.
  • Bonus buck opportunities will only be offered in the Southern Farmland Zone. Each unfilled sticker earned during the 2013 season can still be used during the 2014 season. Only one bonus buck authorization earned during the 2014 season may be used during the season. Additional authorizations earned in 2014 may not be valid in 2015.
  • Please review the deer carcass tags document for complete details.

Deer hunting in Wisconsin

For additional information about hunting white-tailed deer throughout the entire state visit the deer hunting in Wisconsin web page.

CWD affected counties

CWD affected counties

Per Deer Trustee Report implementation, the CWD management zone has transitioned to CWD affected counties. These boundaries match the counties that are prohibited from baiting and feeding. A county is included if a wild or captive animal has been tested and confirmed to be positive for CWD in the county or portion of the county is within a 10-mile radius of a wild or captive animal that has been tested and confirmed to be positive for CWD.

Carcass movement

There are carcass movement restrictions for moving deer from the CWD affected counties into other counties as well as bringing deer into Wisconsin from other states that have detected CWD.

White-tailed deer farming

Registered deer farm map
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Registered Deer Farms. Courtesy of DATCP.

As of 2014 there were 458 registered deer farms in Wisconsin. White-tailed deer farming is regulated and licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) [exit DNR]. However the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for regulating white-tailed deer farm fencing. Before you can register your farm with DATCP you must have your fence inspected and receive a deer farm fence certificate from the DNR.

Last revised: Thursday August 07 2014