NEWS ARCHIVE:     Age: 2,543 days

CWD sampling plan in place for 2015-16 deer hunting season

Contact(s): Julie Widholm, DNR CWD operations biologist, 608-516-3895

October 9, 2015 at 9:13:00 am

MADISON, Wis. - In cooperation with local businesses, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will collect samples for chronic wasting disease surveillance testing during the 2015 archery and gun hunting seasons.

Although all deer will be registered electronically this year, DNR will continue to offer free chronic wasting disease testing to hunters. While the Barneveld Service Station will be closed to CWD testing during the archery season, sampling hours have been extended at the Black Earth Service Station to provide testing during business hours Monday through Friday throughout the fall hunt. Both the Barneveld and Black Earth locations will be open for testing during the nine day gun deer hunt.

The department works closely with a number of private businesses throughout the southern portion of the state to offer sampling, and has also added new self-service kiosks at select locations. Kiosks are open around the clock and sampling materials and tools to remove heads are available onsite.

24/7 self-serve kiosks can be found at the following locations:

"Many hunters value having their deer tested for CWD, and we hope our network of cooperators and new kiosks provide an easy and convenient way to do so," said Julie Widholm, DNR CWD operations biologist. "Since this is a pilot year for the kiosks, we welcome any feedback on how well these work."

For more information regarding chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin, visit and search keyword "CWD." Information regarding collection stations will be available throughout the deer hunting season via the DNR website.

Electronic Registration

All harvested deer will be registered electronically in 2015. Hunters have three options for registering their deer:

Registration via telephone requires callers to enter the first three digits that correspond to the county of harvest. It is important to remember that only one digit needs to be entered for each letter. For example, Crawford County would be entered as 2-7-2 for C-R-A. The registration system will ask for clarification if counties have a similar abbreviation. A link to the electronic registration system is also available through the Pocket Ranger application for mobile devices. For more information regarding electronic registration, search keywords "electronic registration."

Deer hunters are encouraged to check out the frequently asked questions page for more information regarding several rule changes for 2015. The FAQ feature provides brief responses to a wide variety of deer hunting questions, ranging from deer management unit boundaries to antlerless permits. To view the FAQ page and other helpful information, search keyword "deer."

Last Revised: Friday, October 09, 2015

Need an expert?

The Office of Communications connects journalists with DNR experts on a wide range of topics. For the fastest response, please email and the first available Communications Specialist will respond to you.