CWD sampling plan in place for four-county area for 2017 deer hunting

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SPOONER – 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 2017 archery, crossbow and gun hunting seasons.

Sampling will continue in the four counties in order to detect any possible outlying positive deer in the area related to the 2011 single positive deer in Shell Lake. If an adult deer is harvested within those counties, please consider submitting a sample for CWD testing.

The department will also offer landowners within the Shell Lake two-mile sampling area surveillance permits to harvest adult deer of either sex for CWD testing. Landowner permits were recommended by the CWD Citizen Advisory Team to focus sampling efforts that may provide valuable information regarding the health of deer on private lands.

Interested landowners within the two-mile sampling area who would like a permit or more information should call the DNR at 715-635-4025. Please contact them by Tuesday, Nov. 14, to get a permit. Participating landowners may assign hunters to harvest the deer and submit the head, and may assign someone else to pick up permits.

Head samples can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • DNR Service Center, 801 W. Maple St., Spooner, east of building entrance;
  • Shell Lake Marine, 505 Hwy. 63, Shell Lake, south side of building;
  • DNR, 941 Mallard Lane, Balsam Lake;
  • DNR, 1341 Second Ave., Cumberland, west side of building, use the alley;
  • DNR Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, 110 E. Crex Ave., Grantsburg, east side of registration shack;
  • Fur, Fins and Feathers Sports, LLC, 24644 Hwy. 35, Siren.

Wisconsin‘s citizens and cooperators have played a key role in CWD sampling efforts in Wisconsin, and department staff would like to thank all participants and collection cooperators for their continued efforts.

Sick deer reports

Samples will also be collected from sick adult deer exhibiting signs of CWD in all four counties. Everyone is encouraged to keep an eye out for deer that appear sick or are otherwise acting abnormally so biologists can assess if symptoms are consistent with CWD infection. Sick deer can be reported to your local DNR office or directly to the following DNR wildlife management staff:

For more information and a list of participating taxidermists and deer processors, visit and search keywords CWD sampling. For CWD testing results, search keywords CWD test results.

Deer hunters are encouraged to check 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.