As the second weekend of this year’s gun deer season approaches, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) asks hunters to participate in our ongoing effort to monitor for chronic wasting disease (CWD).
CWD testing is free, easy and available to every hunter in the state. Check the map on our website to see where CWD testing is available near you. More testing locations have been added throughout the season.
Four Ways To Have Your Deer Tested
The DNR offers four easy ways to submit a sample:
Self-service kiosks open 24/7
Hunters can drop off their adult deer’s head with 5 inches of neck attached for testing. Check the DNR’s CWD sampling page before your hunt to find a location near you.
In-person with cooperating meat processors, taxidermists and other businesses
You can get assistance with CWD testing by visiting a cooperating partner. Use the same interactive map to find their locations.
At-home lymph node sampling following our instructions
Hunters can extract the retropharyngeal lymph nodes using a kit provided by the DNR and return them to the DNR for testing. Contact your local wildlife biologist to get a kit.
By-appointment with local DNR staff
Hunters can contact their local wildlife biologist to schedule an in-person appointment.
Whichever way you submit your sample for testing, try out the DNR’s new online CWD form. You can find the link in your Go Wild harvest history after you register your deer.
The online form automatically fills in your name, contact information, customer ID number and harvest registration number and includes an interactive map to drop a pin on your harvest location.