The Department of Natural Resources will continue testing deer for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Taylor County on the opening weekend of this year’s 9-day-gun season. Hunters are requested they bring deer in for sampling.
“ We didn’t reach our sampling goal last fall,” says Mark Schmidt, wildlife manager, “and we hope to complete the work this year”.
Last year, over 7,000 deer were tested for CWD and Bovine TB in the Department’s 18-county Northern Region. All test results were negative. “In Taylor County, however, only 274 deer were tested which fell short of our sample goal of 500,” said Ken Jonas, area wildlife supervisor.
During the opening weekend hunters may register and donate heads from adult deer harvested in Taylor County from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at:
- Rock Point Bait and Convenience Store, N4905 County Road M, in Perkinstown.
- Gilman Bowling Alley, 270 west Main Street in Gilman, (CWD Sample Collection and Deer Registration will be located one block East of Bowling Alley on opening weekend.)
- Stramas Union 76 Mart, 884 West Broadway Street, in Medford.
“The process of collecting the necessary information from the hunter and cutting off the deer head will only take a few minutes and all hunters are encouraged to participate in this important survey,” says Schmidt. Hunters who submit deer heads for sampling will have access to the test results when they are completed, he says.
In addition to Taylor County, the Department will be collecting heads for CWD sampling in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties in the West Central Region. The Department is encouraging hunters who bring their deer in for testing to make sure the deer is readily accessible and for the hunter to know the approximate location of kill.
Jonas says that for CWD testing, deer must be harvested in Taylor County or adjoining Chippewa County and that they will only accept adult deer. Hunters who harvest bucks will be able to take their antlers with skull plates attached.