CWD Testing During Archery and Gun Seasons

posted Nov 4, 2016, 6:22 AM by Ryan Quinn
SPOONER, Wis. - In cooperation with local businesses, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will collect deer heads for chronic wasting disease surveillance testing within Barron, Burnett, Polk and Washburn counties during the 2016 archery and gun hunting seasons. 

If you harvest an adult deer within these counties please consider submitting a sample from any adult deer for CWD testing. 

Rather than disposing of the head after processing the meat, hunters are encouraged to submit it for testing. 

After sampling approximately 2,000 adult deer within ten miles of the Shell Lake location of the CWD-positive deer from 2011, no other positive deer have been detected. Sampling has been expanded to the four counties in order to detect any possible missing positive deer in the area.

Head samples can be dropped off at the following locations:

DNR Service Center, Spooner
Speedy's C Stop, Barronett 
Country Pride Coop (Cenex) Highway 63, Shell Lake
DNR, Balsam Lake
DNR, Cumberland
DNR Crex Meadows, Grantsburg

The department will also offer landowners within the Shell Lake two mile sampling area scientific collector permits to harvest adult deer of either sex for CWD testing. Sampling efforts may provide valuable information regarding the health of deer on private lands.