Contact(s): Sean Strom, acting Wildlife Health section chief, 608-267-7614, Sean.Strom@wisconsin.gov
December 3, 2019
MADISON, Wis. - With deer hunting season is still underway the Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that plenty of opportunities remain to have harvested deer sampled for chronic wasting disease (CWD).
CWD sampling is especially important in areas of the state with an enhanced CWD sampling focus [PDF]. The participation of hunters, volunteers, cooperators, and businesses is crucial to successful CWD sampling efforts, and DNR staff want to thank everyone who continues to assist with CWD surveillance efforts.
Options for CWD sampling include both self-service kiosks as well as in-person service through a participating cooperator. Self-service kiosks are available 24/7 and have all supplies necessary for hunters to drop off a deer head to be sampled. If visiting staffed sampling stations, hunters should contact the station in advance to verify hours of operation. Sampling is also available by appointment with DNR staff.
A sample consists of the deer head with 3-5 inches of neck attached. Hunters will also need to have their harvest authorization number, harvest location and contact information when submitting a sample. There is no cost to the hunter to have a deer tested for CWD, and results are typically available within 10-14 days.
Some carcass disposal options will still be available through the end of the deer season. Check the CWD sampling and carcass disposal map often as location information may change between now and the end of the season. Hunters can also find carcass disposal locations in the Hunt Wild mobile app and online in a searchable online database.
Hunters are also reminded to check out the latest Wild Wisconsin: Off the Record podcasts to learn more about CWD monitoring and research in Wisconsin. The podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. Season two of the Wild Wisconsin web series will also feature a segment highlighting CWD in Wisconsin.