WISCONSIN RAPIDS – In cooperation with local businesses, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff are collecting deer heads for chronic wasting disease surveillance testing within Adams, Juneau, Portage, Marathon and Waushara counties during the 2017 archery, crossbow and gun hunting seasons.

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

Head samples can be dropped off at the following locations:

In addition, lymph node samples can be taken at the following locations:

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 dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “CWD sampling.” For CWD testing results, search keywords “CWD test results.”

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.”