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

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  1. By Northwest Region October 6, 2015

    Contact(s): Bill Hogseth, DNR Wildlife Biologist, 715-839-3771

    EAU CLAIRE, 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. Hunters who harvest an adult deer within Eau Claire, Clark or Jackson counties are being asked to consider submitting a sample from the deer for chronic wasting disease testing.

    This summer, CWD was discovered in a captive white-tailed deer on a breeding farm facility in Eau Claire County. DNR biologists will focus additional surveillance within a 10-mile radius of where the positive captive deer was discovered. To view the surveillance area, visit and search keywords "CWD surveillance."

    Cooperating taxidermists and stations will collect head and lymph node samples for testing. Those who harvest a deer can bring the whole deer to a cooperator listed below, or simply remove the head with at least 3 inches of the neck attached. CWD testing is free of charge, and anyone submitting a head for testing will receive their test results in three to four weeks. Please call cooperators in advance to set up an appointment.

    Lymph node samples will be collected at the following location:

    • Badgerland Taxidermy - W5101 Maple Road, Neillsville, 715-743-3373.

    Head samples can be dropped off at the following locations:

    • Buroker's Taxidermy - 1721 Birch Street, Eau Claire, 715-835-0847;
    • Shooting Lane Taxidermy - S4560 Deer Road, Fall Creek, 715-590-2040;
    • The Woodland - S5340 State Road 27, Augusta, 715-286-2112;
    • Augusta Ranger Station - 550 Industrial Drive, Augusta, 715-286-4340;
    • Sell Taxidermy - S7596 County Hwy V, Augusta,715-286-5309; and
    • Hixton Ridge Taxidermy - W12643 Charcoal Road, Hixton,715-299-5410.

    In addition to CWD cooperators, hunters may also have deer harvested within the 10-mile radius tested for CWD at one of the DNR offices listed below. On weekends or during warm periods, hunters should remove the deer head with at least 3 inches of the neck attached, freeze the deer head and contact DNR staff via telephone using the information below:

    • Eau Claire Service Center - 1300 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, 715-839-3771 or 715-839-3838; and
    • Black River Falls Service Center - 910 Highway 54 E, Black River Falls, 715-284-1403 or 715-284-1419.

    DNR staff will also collect CWD samples from harvested deer on opening weekend of the gun deer season at the following locations:

    • Cenex Gas Station - W13007 U.S. Hwy 10, Fairchild,715-334-5901; and
    • The Woodland - S5340 State Road 27, Augusta, 715-286-2112.

    "Wisconsin's citizens have played a key role in CWD sampling efforts throughout Wisconsin for many years, and department staff would like to thank all participants in advance for their continued efforts," said Bill Hogseth, DNR wildlife biologist in Eau Claire.

    For more information regarding chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin, 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 more information regarding archery and crossbow deer hunting, search keyword "deer."

    Last Revised: Tuesday, October 06, 2015