- Explore chronic wasting disease
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
Chronic wasting disease
Included on this page are regulations that pertain to chronic wasting disease (CWD), season dates, deer tags and hunting opportunities.
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.
With the recently approved Deer Trustee Report (DTR) rules package, $5 per additional antlerless deer permit sold in CWD-affected counties goes towards CWD testing and monitoring.
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.
Deer hunting in Wisconsin
For information about hunting deer in CWD affected areas visit deer hunting in Wisconsin.
Statewide deer hunting season dates.
- 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.
White-tailed deer farming
Please click for a larger deer farms map image. 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). 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.