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DNR Hoping To Get More Deer Samples From Northwoods

Wisconsin DNR

The DNR is hoping hunters in this region continue to stop by kiosks or other registration stations so more deer can be sampled for Chronic Wasting Disease.(CWD)

While Wisconsin's main hunt--the 9 day gun deer hunt--is over, other seasons remain open, including a four-day antlerless hunt beginning December 12.

Amanda Kamps is a DNR wildlife health conservation specialist. She says CWD sampling is especially important in areas of the state with an enhanced CWD sampling focus. She says the self-service kiosks, or cooperating outlets or DNR staff help are options throughout the rest of the seasons...

"...In 18 counties in the northern part of the state is where we have an enhanced sampling effort. Then there's a couple of other areas near Lincoln-Oneida counties then up towards the Three Lakes area where we have other areas besides the enhanced county-wide sampling effort where we're trying to get more samples looking for CWD..."

Kamps says a sample consists of the deer head with 3-5 inches of neck attached. Hunters will also need to have their harvest authorization number, harvest location and contact information when submitting a sample. There is no cost to the hunter to have a deer tested for CWD, and results are typically available within two weeks.

Some carcass disposal options are still available through the end of the deer seasons.

More information is about the locations of the kiosks and where carcass disposal is available is at the DNR websiteand put 'CWD testing' in the search box.

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