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

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  1. By Northwest Region August 19, 2015

    Contact(s): Nancy Christel, DNR wildlife biologist, 715-635-4025, Sawyer Briel, DNR communications, 608-261-0751

    SPOONER, Wis. - In cooperation with local businesses, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will collect deer heads for chronic wasting disease surveillance testing during the 2015 archery and gun hunting seasons. If you harvest an adult deer within a 10-mile radius of Shell Lake, Wis. please consider submitting a sample from any harvested deer for CWD testing.

    The department will also offer landowners within the Shell Lake, Wis. 2-mile sampling area scientific collector permits to harvest adult deer of either sex for CWD testing. Landowner permits were recommended by the CWD Citizen Advisory Team to focus sampling efforts that may provide valuable information regarding the health of deer on private lands. For more information, visit and search keywords "CWD sampling."

    Interested landowners within the 2-mile sampling area who would like a permit or more information can visit the Spooner DNR Service Center at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 or Nov. 12. Participating landowners may assign hunters to harvest the deer and submit the head, and may assign someone else to pick up permits at the Sept. 9 or Nov. 12 meetings by calling the DNR. For more information or to give permission, please call 715-635-4025.

    Information collected by cooperators and the department will be used to help assess the distribution of CWD within the local deer herd. To date, there have been no additional positives since one CWD-positive deer was discovered in fall 2011 in Washburn County.

    Wisconsin's citizens have played a key role in CWD sampling efforts in Wisconsin, and the department would like to thank all participants and collection cooperators for their continued efforts.

    Cooperators in the area, including two new locations, can be found below:

    • ***NEW LOCATION*** Holiday Gas Station (North) 621 N. River St. Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-9421
    • Speedy's C Stop 2962 Main St. Barronett, WI 54813 715-822-8979
    • Country Pride Coop (Cenex) Shell Lake, WI 715-468-2302
    • ***NEW LOCATION*** Bontekoe Deer Processing Hwy 63 & Cty Hwy B Shell Lake, WI 608-205-7232
    • Thompson Wild Game Processing W5098 County Hwy D Sarona, WI 54870 715-469-3234
    • Gram's Taxidermy Studio W3038 Hwy 63 Springbrook, WI 54875 715-766-3300
    • Zimmerman Taxidermy N5015 10th St. Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-8822
    • Thompson Taxidermy W2511 Cty. Hwy. A/M Springbrook, WI 54875 715-766-3432
    • Wolf's Taxidermy 6931 Lakeview Rd. Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2025

    For more information regarding chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin, search keyword "CWD."

    Last Revised: Wednesday, August 19, 2015