Submitted by Ryan Haffele, DNR wildlife biologist

BALDWIN, WI - In cooperation with local businesses, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will collect deer heads for chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance in Saint Croix and Pierce counties for testing during the 2018 archery, crossbow and gun hunting seasons.

Check out the segment of Wild Wisconsin on YouTube for more detailed information.

Hunters who harvest an adult deer within St. Croix and Pierce counties are strongly encouraged to consider submitting a sample from the deer for CWD 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 also go to a cooperator and provide them the head with three to five inches of the neck attached, the deer harvest authorization number for the harvested deer, DNR customer number, the harvest location and hunter contact information. CWD testing is free of charge to the hunter, and anyone submitting the head will receive their results in two to three weeks.

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: Deer's Food Locker Inc. - 210 Main St. N, Deer Park (715-269-5118); Kessler Processing - 1181 State Road 128, Glenwood City (715-265-4248); Sailer's Food Market & Meat Processing - 600 W. Winter Ave., Elmwood (715) 639-2191; Pierce County Meats - 460 E Wall St., Ellsworth (715-237-4741); and Ptacek's IGA - 1449 Orrin Road, Prescott (612-963-3168).

In addition to CWD cooperators, hunters may also have their adult tested for CWD by dropping their deer heads with a three- to five-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 in the kiosk. Kiosk locations are: 35 Express - W3541 State Road 35, Maiden Rock (715-448-2027); 63 Express - N1817 785th St., Hager City (715-792-5212); B & J Hardware - 410 Main St., Somerset (715-247-3377); BP Gas Station - 1553 Paulson Road, River Falls (715-426-4880); Gregerson Ace Hardware - 880 Cedar St., Baldwin (715-684-3246); Holiday Gas Station @ 4 Corners - 2098 State HWY 64, New Richmond (715-246-5188); Mill's Fleet Farm - 1001 Industrial St., Hudson (715-386-3281); Red Barn Country Store - W4890 State Road 29, Spring Valley (715-778-5848); and Willow River State Park - 1034 CTY HWY A, Hudson (715-386-5931).

Wisconsin's citizens play a key role in CWD sampling efforts throughout Wisconsin, and DNR staff would like to thank all participants in advance for their continued efforts.

For more information regarding chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin, search keyword "CWD". Information regarding CWD sample collection stations will be available throughout the deer hunting season via the DNR website.

For more information regarding deer and deer hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword "deer" on the DNR website.