CWD sampling plan in place for Eau Claire, Clark and Jackson counties for 2016 deer hunting...

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  1. By Northwest Region September 19, 2016

    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 2016 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.

    In June 2015, CWD was detected in a captive white-tailed deer on a breeding facility in Eau Claire County. Two deer that escaped from this facility earlier that same year were shot in the fall of 2015 and were found to be CWD positive. DNR biologists will continue to focus additional surveillance within a 10-mile radius of where the positive captive deer were found. To view the current surveillance area, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "CWD surveillance."

    Cooperating taxidermists and stations will collect deer heads for testing. Those who harvest a deer within the 10-mile radius can simply remove the head with at least 3 inches of the neck attached, and provide the head with the GameReg (electronic registration) confirmation number to the cooperator along with harvest location and hunter contact information. CWD testing is free of charge, and anyone submitting a head for testing will receive their test results in two to three weeks.

    Head samples can be dropped off at the following locations:

    • Shooting Lane Taxidermy - S4560 Deer Road, Fall Creek (715-590-2040);
    • Mike's Star Market (personnel available during business hours) - 2238 Heimstead Road, Eau Claire (715-552-3842);
    • The Woodland (personnel available during business hours), S5340 State Road 27, Augusta (715-286-2112);
    • Hixton Ridge Taxidermy - W12643 Charcoal Road, Hixton (715-299-5410); and
    • Cenex C-Store (DNR 24-hour self-service kiosk) - 13007 US Highway 10, Fairchild (715-334-5901).

    In addition to CWD cooperators, hunters may also have deer that are harvested within the 10-mile radius tested for CWD at one of the DNR offices listed below. If hunters use an after-hours kiosk, they should follow directions posted on the kiosk:

    • Eau Claire DNR Service Center - 1300 West Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, 715-839-3771 or 715-839-3838, (see DNR personnel during business hours, self-service kiosk available outside of business hours)
    • Augusta DNR Ranger Station - 550 Industrial Drive, Augusta, 715-286-4340 (see DNR personnel during business hours, self-service kiosk available outside of business hours)

    Wisconsin's citizens play a key role in CWD sampling efforts throughout Wisconsin, and department 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 collection stations will be available throughout the deer hunting season via the DNR website.

    Deer hunters are encouraged to check out the frequently asked questions page for more information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin. 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: Monday, September 19, 2016

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