The following page includes information on CWD in northern WI.
Know CWD website [exit DNR]Included on this site is general information about CWD in Wisconsin including common misconceptions.
- Explore chronic wasting disease
- 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.
2013 CWD management zone season structure
|Hunting Season||Dates||Kill Type||Notes|
|Archery||September 14-January 5||Bonus buck*||Antlerless only during the late firearm season|
|Youth||October 5-6||Either sex||The Saturday nearest Oct. 8 - the next day|
|Traditional 9-day firearm||November 23- December 1||Bonus buck*||The Saturday before Thanksgiving - the following Sunday|
|10-day muzzleloader-only||December 2-11||Bonus buck*||The ten days immediately following the traditional 9-day firearm season|
|Late firearm||December 12-15||Antlerless only||The second Thursday following Thanksgiving - the following Sunday|
|Holiday firearm||December 24-January 5||Bonus buck*||December 24 - the Sunday nearest January 6|
*Bonus buck = one buck per buck carcass tag plus unlimited antlerless deer with 1 buck per antlerless deer
- Free carcass tags for use in the chronic wasting disease management zone (CWD-MZ) can be picked up at the following vendor locations.
- Statewide deer hunting regulations
- Baiting and feeding regulations
- Carcass movement restrictions
In 2008, the CWD eradication zones and the herd reduction zone were combined to form the CWD management zone (CWD-MZ), providing consistent regulations across the entire area. It is now legal to hunt deer with a rifle anywhere in the CWD-MZ, except deer management unit 76M and where local ordinances prohibit their use.
Deer hunting in Wisconsin
For additional information about hunting white-tailed deer in and outside of the CWD-MZ visit the deer hunting in Wisconsin web page.
White-tailed deer farming
Please click for a larger deer farms map image. Registered Deer Farms. Courtesy of DATCP.
As of February 2013 there were 511 registered deer farms in Wisconsin. White-tailed deer farming is regulated and licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). 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.