Hunters in Eau Claire, Clark and Jackson counties asked to Participate in CWD Surveillance

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  1. By Northwest Region November 16, 2015

    Contact(s): Bill Hogseth, DNR wildlife biologist, 715-839-3771, Sawyer Briel, DNR communications, 608-261-0751

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Deer hunters in Eau Claire, Clark and Jackson counties are being asked to assist in disease surveillance of the white-tailed deer herd during the upcoming gun deer season.

    This summer, CWD was discovered in a captive white-tailed deer breeding farm facility in Eau Claire County. To determine if CWD has infected the wild deer population, the department will focus surveillance efforts within a 10-mile radius of where the positive captive deer was found.

    "We are looking for assistance from hunters in obtaining lymph node samples from adult deer within the specific chronic wasting disease focus area that lies within Eau Claire, Clark and Jackson counties," said DNR wildlife biologist Bill Hogseth. "We know 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 hunters can participate in management of Wisconsin's deer herd."

    To view the surveillance area, visit and search keywords "CWD Surveillance."

    On opening weekend of the upcoming nine-day gun deer season, DNR staff and volunteers will be collect lymph nodes from hunter-harvested deer at two locations. Hunters can bring their deer into one of these stations and DNR staff will determine the age of the deer, collect harvest information from the hunter, and remove lymph node samples. These locations will be staffed from 10 a.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.

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

    • The Woodland - S5340 State Road 27, Augusta; and
    • Fairchild Cenex C-Store - W13007 U.S. Hwy 10, Fairchild.

    In addition to the opening weekend CWD surveillance, the DNR is also working with a network of cooperating taxidermists and stations to collect deer heads from hunter harvested deer for testing. These cooperators can be used for the remaining of the 2015 archery and gun deer seasons. The hunter can bring the head with at least three inches of the neck attached to one of the listed cooperating stations. 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:

    • Augusta Ranger Station - 550 Industrial Drive, Augusta, 715-286-4340;
    • The Woodland - S5340 State Road 27, Augusta, 715-286-2112;
    • Sell Taxidermy - S7595 County Hwy V, Augusta, 715-286-5309;
    • Shooting Lane Taxidermy - S4560 Deer Road, Fall Creek, 715-590-2040;
    • Buroker's Taxidermy - 1721 Birch Street, Eau Claire, 715-835-0847;
    • Badgerland Taxidermy - W5101 Maple Road, Neilsville, 715-743-3373; and
    • Hixton Ridge Taxidermy - W12643 Charcoal Road, Hixton, 715-299-5410.

    Hunters may also have deer tested for CWD from the 10 mile radius by contacting one of the DNR offices listed below. On the 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 by telephone at the number below to arrange a drop off for testing.

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

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

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

    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