Contact(s): Ryan Haffele, DNR wildlife management, 715-684-2914 Ext. 118; Nate Fore, DNR wildlife technician, 715-684-2914 Ext. 103
BALDWIN, Wis. - In cooperation with local businesses, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will collect deer heads for chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance in Saint Croix and Pierce counties for testing during the 2018 archery, crossbow and gun hunting seasons.
Hunters who harvest an adult deer within Saint Croix and Pierce counties are strongly encouraged to consider submitting a sample from the deer for CWD testing.
Cooperating taxidermists and meat processors will either remove the proper tissue samples or collect the entire deer head and portion of neck for testing. Hunters who harvest an adult deer within these counties can also go to a cooperator and provide them the head with three to five inches of the neck attached, the deer harvest authorization number for the harvested deer, DNR customer number, the harvest location and hunter contact information. CWD testing is free of charge to the hunter, and anyone submitting the head will receive their results in two to three weeks.
Head samples can be dropped off at the following locations:
In addition to CWD cooperators, hunters may also have their adult tested for CWD by dropping their deer heads with a three- to five-inch portion of neck off at a self-serve kiosk that can be accessed any time of the day. These kiosks are located at multiple locations within each county. Hunters will simply follow the directions posted in the kiosk.
Wisconsin's citizens play a key role in CWD sampling efforts throughout Wisconsin, and DNR staff would like to thank all participants in advance for their continued efforts.
For more information regarding chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin, search keyword "CWD." Information regarding CWD sample collection stations will be available throughout the deer hunting season via the DNR website.
For more information regarding deer and deer hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword "deer."