Black River Falls, Wis. – In cooperation with local businesses, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will collect deer heads for chronic wasting disease surveillance in Jackson and Clark counties for testing during the 2018 archery, crossbow and gun hunting seasons.
Hunters who harvest an adult deer within Jackson and Clark counties are strongly encouraged to consider submitting a sample from the deer for chronic wasting disease testing.
Cooperating taxidermists and meat processors will either remove the proper tissue samples or collect the entire deer head and portion of neck for testing. Hunters who harvest an adult deer within these counties can go to a cooperator and provide them the head with 3-5 inches of the neck attached, the deer harvest authorization number for the harvested deer, DNR customer number, the harvest location and hunter contact information.
For a full list of local and statewide CWD sampling stations, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “CWD Sampling” on the DNR website.
Head samples can be dropped off at the following locations:
Phineas Borntrager – S12570 County Road M, Augusta (Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.);
Hixton Ridge Taxidermy – W12643 Charcoal Road, Hixton (by appointment only; 715-299-5410);
Brock’s Butcher Block – 4507 HWY 27, Sparta (608-633-4528);
Schnitzler’s Sports Store – 604 E. Wisconsin St., Sparta (608-269-2686);
Timberline Taxidermy – W3510 County Road K, Loyal (By appointment only, 715-255-2650);
Sandberg Valley Meats – N1381 Sandberg Road, Melrose (608-488-4508 or 507-458-7947);
Krazy K’s Saloon and Grill – 15793 W First St., Ettrick (608-525-7171);
Inges Meats – 500 Sawmill Road, Stanley (715-644-2721); and
J&S Meats – 10594 CTY Road BB, Marshfield (715-897-8754).
In addition to CWD cooperators, hunters may also have their adult deer that was harvested in these counties tested for CWD by dropping their deer heads with 3-5 inch portion of neck off at a self-serve kiosk that can be accessed any time of the day. These kiosks are located at multiple locations within each county. Hunters will simply follow the directions posted at the kiosk and complete a CWD datasheet. Removing antlers does not affect test results.
Self-service kiosks are at the following locations:
Fairchild Cenex C-Store – W13007 US HWY 10, Fairchild (715-334-5901);
Black River Falls DNR Service Center – 910 Hwy 54 E, Black River Falls (715-284-1403);
Whitetail Crossing Convenience Store – W9040 WI-54, Black River Falls (715-284-4841);
Bev’s Saddle Mound Tap – N8376 Pray Road, Pittsville (715-884-7355);
Melrose Express BP – 301 S. Washington St., Melrose (608-488-7017);
All Seasons Sports N Archery – 415 US HWY 10, Neillsville (715-743-8310);
Hatfield Sports Shop – N451 CTY Road J, Merrillan (715-333-5009);
Loyal BP – 521 Main St, Loyal (715-503-1050);
O-W Black River Sportsmen’s Club – 201 Division St., Withee (715-229-2622);
Rock Creek Disabled Outdoors – W9210 Rock Creek Road, Willard (715-267-6266);
Ernie’s Rock Dam Saloon – N8669 Butler Road, Willard (715-267-6539); and
Cataract Mart – 5897 State HWY 27, Cataract (608-272-3155).
To further combat the spread of CWD, a dumpster provided by the Jackson County Wildlife Fund will be available for deer carcass disposal at the Black River Falls DNR Service Center during the November 9-day gun season.
Wisconsin’s citizens play a key role in CWD sampling efforts throughout Wisconsin, and department staff would like to thank all participants in advance for their continued efforts.
For information regarding CWD test results, search keywords “CWD results.” To view CWD results for a harvested deer, hunters will need to enter a customer ID or CWD sample barcode number. CWD testing is free of charge to the hunter, and average turnaround time from when the deer is brought to a sampling station to when the results are available is typically two to three weeks.
DNR staff are interested in reports of sick deer or deer with an unknown cause of death, but it is important to note that they are not currently examining car-killed deer. Contact your local DNR wildlife biologist to report a sick or dead deer or call the DNR’s Customer Service hotline at 1-800-847-9367.
For more information regarding chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin, search keyword “CWD.” Information regarding collection stations will be available throughout the deer hunting season via the DNR website.