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Targeted CWD surveillance efforts ramping up in Oconto County

MADISON – In cooperation with local businesses, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will collect deer heads for chronic wasting disease surveillance testing in Oconto, Shawano, and Menominee Counties during the 2016 archery and gun hunting seasons.

If you harvest an adult deer within these counties please consider submitting a sample deer for CWD testing. CWD samples will be collected from adult deer harvested by hunters in all three counties during the 2016-17 deer hunting seasons. Head samples will be collected at cooperating locations throughout the area:

Gillett Shell, 6255 State HWY 32 North, Gillett (920-855-2400);
Lakeview Quik Mart, 417 S. Warrington St, Cecil (715-745-4499);
Kellogg Venison Processing, N7284 County Road BB, Gillett;
Shawano DNR Office, 647 Lakeland Ave., Shawano (715-526-4226);
Underhill Town Hall, 5597 Cardinal Road, Gillett; and

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Menominee Conservation Department, N1035 State HWY 47, Keshena (715-799-5116).

Sick deer reports

Samples will be collected from sick adult deer exhibiting signs of CWD in all three 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 the Peshtigo and Shawano DNR offices or directly to the following DNR Wildlife Management staff:

Oconto County – Dave Halfmann, 715-582-5010; and
Shawano County – Kay Brockman-Mederas, 715-526-4226.

Car-killed deer

DNR staff will collect samples from adult deer killed by vehicles within the ten mile surveillance areaas opportunities arise. Individuals who wish to keep car-killed deer can still do so, but are encouraged to allow DNR staff to collect samples beforehand. Deer can be sampled by contacting the biologists listed previously

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.

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.”