Contact(s): Chuck McCullough, DNR wildlife management supervisor, 715-623-4190 EXT. 3131
MADISON - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will issue free chronic wasting disease surveillance authorizations to the public on select parcels of public land within two CWD surveillance zones in Lincoln, Langlade, Oneida, Forest and Vilas counties.
Hunters interested in applying for the authorizations may do so beginning Nov. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:
The authorizations will be property-specific, and hunters must have any deer harvested under a surveillance authorization sampled for CWD.
"The department has been doing this for a few years with private landowners," said Chuck McCullough, DNR natural resources supervisor for the Headwaters Area, "This year, we're glad to extend the opportunity to public land as well - getting a large enough sample size is an essential part of measuring the extent of CWD's presence in our area. By issuing these public land CWD surveillance authorizations, we're hoping to get more hunters involved in this important work."
Anyone interested in obtaining a public land CWD surveillance authorization will need to pick up and sign for their authorizations in person. McCullough also asked that authorization applicants have their Go Wild customer IDs handy when they come to the station.
"We won't be able to give out authorizations meant for other hunters, including for members of your family or hunting party," said McCullough, "So, if you are interested in getting one of these CWD surveillance authorizations, make sure to come in to either the Merrill Ranger Station or the Rhinelander Service Center."
DNR staff will issue CWD surveillance authorizations for the following parcels:
Authorizations for CWD surveillance, which are valid through the end of regular archery season on Jan. 6, are location-specific and are not transferrable between properties. Authorized individuals must use the weapon that corresponds to the season(s) currently open at the time of harvest. The authorizations are valid for any adult deer of either sex.
Department staff will continue to issue free CWD surveillance authorizations to private landowners within the CWD surveillance zones. Interested landowners may apply for these authorizations by appointment - call 715-401-2871 for more information.
In addition to local cooperating meat processors and taxidermists, CWD sample submission is currently available at the following self-service kiosk locations:
For information regarding CWD test results, visit dnr.wi.gov search keywords "CWD results." To view CWD results for a harvested deer, hunters will need to enter a customer ID or CWD sample barcode number. CWD testing is free of charge, and average turnaround time from when the deer is brought to a sampling station to when the results are available is typically two to three weeks.
CWD self-sample testing kits are available at the Rhinelander DNR Service Center as well as the Antigo DNR Satellite Center. These kits include all supplies and instruction necessary for hunters to collect CWD lymph node samples from harvested deer, and a prepaid envelope for mailing samples to the DNR CWD Processing Center. These kits are free and are distributed on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
If CWD test results come back positive for CWD, hunters should follow advice from the Center for Disease Control [EXIT DNR], Wisconsin Department of Health Services and World Health Organization [EXIT DNR] to not consume venison from that deer.
DNR staff are interested in reports of sick deer or deer with an unknown cause of death, but it is important to note that they are not currently examining car-killed deer. Contact your local DNR wildlife biologist to report a sick or dead deer or call the DNR's Customer Service hotline at 1-800-847-9367.