Deer hunters in central Wisconsin asked to participate in CWD surveillance on opening...

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  1. By Northwest Region November 16, 2015

    Contact(s): Kris Johansen, DNR wildlife supervisor, 608-396-1062; Josh Karow, DNR CWD biologist, 608-339-4819

    WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is again enlisting the help of deer hunters in Adams, Juneau, Portage, and Marathon counties to assist in chronic wasting disease surveillance during the upcoming nine-day gun deer season.

    "We are looking for assistance from hunters in obtaining lymph node samples from adult deer within specific CWD focus areas in Adams, Juneau, Marathon and Portage Counties" said DNR wildlife biologist Josh Karow. "We know that hunters care deeply about the health of the deer herd and routinely look for ways to assist the DNR with management. This is just one more way that hunters can play a role in managing Wisconsin's deer herd."

    To view central Wisconsin CWD Surveillance Areas, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "cwd sampling."

    On opening weekend of the upcoming nine- day gun deer season, DNR staff will collect lymph nodes from hunter harvested deer at three deer registration stations and two meat processors in central Wisconsin. These stations will be staffed from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov 21 and 22. The sample collection process takes less than 10 minutes, and CWD tests are free to hunters. Test results can be expected within three to four weeks. Please note that three of these locations will also serve as registration stations, while two will act solely as CWD sampling locations.

    DNR staff will be at the following locations to provide CWD sampling during opening weekend:

    • Pritzls Corner Mart - S251 Hwy 13, Nekoosa (also a registration station);
    • East Town Shell - 555 Hwy 153, Mosinee (also a registration station);
    • Mike and Betsy's Hiawatha - 817 Main St., Junction City (also a registration station);
    • Hartnell's Wild Game Processing - 1925 Cypress Ave., Arkdale; and
    • Wisconsin River Meats - N5340 County Road HH, Mauston.

    DNR staff will also work with local taxidermists and cooperators to remove lymph node samples from hunter harvested deer for testing during the archery season and gun season. To have the sample removed, the hunter can bring the whole deer to one of the listed cooperators or just remove the head with at least three inches of neck attached and bring that in for sampling. Please call ahead to ensure the cooperator will be available to sample your deer. The current list of central Wisconsin cooperators can be found below:

    • Hartnell's Wild Game Processing - 1925 Cypress Ave., Arkdale, 608-339-7288;
    • Trevor Athens Taxidermy - 982 15th Ave., Arkdale, 608-547-6117;
    • B&L Taxidermy - 1088 13th Ave., Arkdale, 715-323-1782;
    • Froh's Taxidermy - W9650 Jacobsen Rd., Camp Douglas, 608-547-1279;
    • Field and Stream Taxidermy - 217 S. Front St., Coloma, 608-547-1565;
    • Wisconsin River Meats - N5340 County Road HH, Mauston, 608-847-7413;
    • Todd's Wildlife Taxidermy - N2148 State Road 58, Mauston, 608-847-7693;
    • Vollmer's Animal Arts Taxidermy - 3631 Plover Road, Plover, 715-345-1934;
    • All Seasons Taxidermy - W9711 Beechnut Dr., Wautoma, 920-765-1078;
    • Superior Taxidermy - 9710 Camp Phillips Road, Weston, 715-359-0557;
    • Strictly Wild Processing - 140 Buffalo St., Wisconsin Rapids, 715-421-0587;
    • People's Meat Market - 6811 Burr Oak Road, Custer, 715-592-6328;
    • Almond Rod and Gun Club - 8092 County Road GG, Almond, 715-570-1147; and
    • Roche-A-Cri Bowman (24hr drop off in wood shed) - 2021 14th Dr., Friendship, 608-339-6460.

    Anyone interested in learning more about CWD can visit the DNR web page at dnr.wi.gov and type "CWD" into the search box. Information regarding collection stations will also be made available throughout the 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 and other helpful information, search keyword "deer."

    Last Revised: Monday, November 16, 2015

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