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Archers can assist with CWD surveillance

WAUSAU – The state 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 in the deer herd this fall.

“In the fall of 2012 CWD was discovered for the first time in three wild white-tailed deer in Adams, Juneau and Portage Counties” said DNR Wildlife Biologist Josh Karow. “To better define the geographic extend of CWD, we began focusing additional surveillance during the 2013 fall deer seasons within a 10-mile radius of where we found the three positive animals in 2012.”

As a result, an additional five CWD-positive wild deer were discovered in Central Wisconsin, three in Portage County and two in Adams County.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection reported the discovery of a CWD positive deer harvested from a captive cervid facility in Marathon County in December of 2013.

DNR continues to expand CWD surveillance in this area. Hunters can assist with surveillance efforts by having any adult deer harvested within the 10-mile focus areas in Central Wisconsin tested for CWD.

Hunters can examine these focus areas by going to the DNR website and enter “cwd sampling” in the key word search.  A map of the Central Wisconsin CWD Surveillance Areas can be found on that web page.

The archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons open Saturday.

Hunters may notice that deer registered in Adams, Juneau and Portage counties will be tagged with red metal registration tags this fall. 

These red tags will help meat processors identify that the deer was harvested within a CWD-affected county and will ensure these deer are tested for CWD before the meat is distributed through the deer donation program.  Information on the deer donation program can be found on the DNR website by entering “deer donation” in the key word search.

During the 2014 deer seasons DNR staff will work with local taxidermists and cooperators to provide collection points near or within the surveillance areas for hunters to drop off deer heads or have lymph samples removed from the deer.  The current list of Central Wisconsin cooperators is listed below.  Call ahead to ensure the cooperator will be available to sample your deer.

 

Name

Address

City

State

Zip Code

Phone Number

Almond Market

111 Main Street

Almond

WI

54909

715-366-2002

WUTZIT2YA Bar and Grill

9606 Akron Avenue

Almond

WI

54909

715-366-7088

The Hideout II

10180 State Hwy 54

Amherst

WI

54406

715-256-2817

Hartnell's Wild Game Processing

1925 Cypress Avenue

Arkdale

WI

54613

608-339-7288

Trevor Athens Taxidermy

982 15TH Avenue

Arkdale

WI

54613

608-547-6117

B&L Taxidermy

1088 13TH Avenue

Arkdale

WI

  54613

715-323-1782

Froh's Taxidermy

W9650 Jacobsen Road

Camp Douglas                           

WI

54618

608-547-1279

Field and Stream Taxidermy

217 S. Front Street

Coloma

WI

54930

608-547-1565

Wisconsin River Meats

N5340 County Road HH

Mauston

WI

53948

608-847-7413

Todd's Wildlife Taxidermy

N2148 State Road 58

Mauston

WI

53948

608-847-7693

Vollmer Taxidermy

3631 Plover Road

Plover

WI

54467

715-345-1934

A&B Butchering

6971 Highway 34

Rudolph

WI

54475

715-435-3893

All Seasons Taxidermy

W9711 Beechnut Drive

Wautoma

WI

54984

920-765-1078

Superior Taxidermy

9710 Camp Phillips Road

Weston                                 

WI

54474

715-359-0557

Strictly Wild Processing

140 Buffalo Street

Wis Rapids

WI

54494

715-421-0587

 

Hunters that harvest adult deer in the surveillance areas during the archery season can also remove the deer head with at least 3 inches of neck attached, freeze the deer head and then contact DNR staff by telephone at the numbers below and arrange to drop off their deer head at one of the three area DNR offices:

  • ·         Mead Wildlife Area Headquarters, S2148 Cty. Rd. S, Milladore,  715-457-6771
  • ·         WI Rapids Service Center, 473 Griffith Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids,  715-421-7813
  • ·         Adams-Friendship Ranger Station, 532 N. Main Street, Adams, 715-213-5925

The CWD tests are free to hunters and anyone submitting a head for testing will receive their test results within 3-4 weeks.  Anyone interested in learning more about the disease 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.