Waukesha – Archery deer hunters are setting a strong pace with the number of deer harvested in the chronic wasting disease areas in southeastern Wisconsin. Since the bow season opened on September 18, more than 350 deer heads have been collected in the disease eradication and herd reduction zones here.
“We greatly appreciate the hunter cooperation in harvesting deer and providing samples for CWD testing,” said wildlife area supervisor Tami Ryan. “We are counting on the continued help from bow hunters, along with gun deer hunters, over the next couple of months.”
Collection of deer heads is mandatory for all deer harvested in the CWD disease eradication zone (DEZ) in Walworth and Rock counties and in the herd reduction zone in Walworth, Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha counties.
In Walworth and Rock counties, the DEZ includes roughly the southeast quarter of Rock County and the southwest portion of Walworth County. Ryan reminds hunters that all deer harvested in the DEZ must be registered within the DEZ no later than 5:00 p.m. the day after it was killed. In the DEZ the bow season runs through January 3 and the gun season is October 28 through January 3.
Hunters can take their deer to Big Foot Beach State Park for registration and head collection. Located at 1452 S. Wells Street in Lake Geneva, the registration station is open daily through January 4. Following is a list of hours of operation at Big Foot Beach State Park and other registrations stations serving hunters in the DEZ.
Big Foot Beach State Park, 1452 S. Wells St., Lake Geneva, Sept 18-Oct 27: 1pm-9pm; Oct 28-Nov 1: 9am-8pm; Nov 2-Nov 19: noon-8pm; Nov 20, 21 8am-7pm; Nov 22-Jan 4: 11am-7pm; Dec 24 8am-4pm. Closed Holidays.
Chad’s Taxidermy, 1102 Larson Rd., Clinton, call 608-921-5666 for appointment Corners Inn Bar & Grill, W9002 STH 11, Delavan, daily 9am-8pm
Fontana Public Works, 300 Wild Duck Rd., Fontana, M-F 7am-3:30pm
The southeastern CWD herd reduction zone (HRZ) includes all of Rock and Walworth counties not in the disease eradication zone, Jefferson and Waukesha counties south of Hwy. 18, and Racine and Kenosha counties west of I-94. Any deer harvested in the HRZ must be registered in the deer management unit of kill or an adjacent HRZ deer management unit, or at an adjoining DEZ station, by 5:00 p.m. the day after it was killed. In the HRZ, the bow season runs through January 3. The gun season is open October 28 through October 31 and November 20 through January 3.
Following is a list of deer registration stations in the HRZ.
Jan’s K Market, S11744 Highway K, Beloit, daily 7am-9pm, Thanksgiving 7am-7pm
Artisan Taxidermy, 282 S Pine St., Burlington, daily 8am-8pm
Berndt’s Hide Service, 30040 Mt. Tom Rd., Burlington, daily 9am-8pm
Wild Images, 6150 McHenry Street, Burlington, M-F 8am-5:30pm; SA 8am-1pm.; SU 9 am- noon
Kettle Moraine State Forest, S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, Sept 18-Oct 27: M-TH 8am-11am, 3pm-9pm, F-SU 8am-9pm; Oct 28-Nov 1: 9am-8pm; Nov 2-Jan 4: 8am-7pm; Dec 24 8am-4pm; Closed Holidays
Sideview Travel Center, 2344 Highway 120, East Troy, daily 8am-8pm
Swiss Family Smokehouse, 104 N Madison St., Evansville, M-F 8am-5pm; SA 8am-noon
Footville Meat Market, 280 N. Gilbert, Footville (no registration, head collection only), daily 7am-7pm Trep’s Bait & Tackle, W3506 CTH M, Indianford, daily 7am-7pm, Thanksgiving 7am-5pm
Paddock Lake Sporting Goods, 23522 75th St., Paddock Lake, daily 11am-6pm Ron’s Service Station, 8226 Big Bend Rd., Tichigan, M-F 5am-6pm; SA, SU 5am-4pm
Wern Valley Sportsmen Club, S36 W29657 Highway D, Waukesha, Tuesday-Sunday 8am-5pm; Oct 28-31 9am-8pm; Nov 20, 21 8am-7pm
Whitewater Marine, N8066 CTH P, Whitewater, M-F 8am-4pm; SA 7am-4pm; SU 7-noon; Closed Holidays Gundy’s Sport, 7957 W Wind Lake Rd., Wind Lake, M, TU, TH 8am-6pm; W, F 8am-8pm; SA 6am-5pm; SU 6am-3pm
Only deer harvested within the HRZ in Rock County can be registered at one of the following stations:
Friendly Village Tavern, S5621 CTH D, Afton, daily 7am-8pm
The Vineyard, 3439 Mt. Zion Ave., Janesville, M-SA 9am-9pm; SU 10am-9pm The Liquor Cabinet, 721 S. Janesville St., Milton, daily 10am-9pm Donna’s Gas & Grocery, 204 W. Brodhead St., Orfordville, M-F 5am-9pm; SA, SU 6am-9pm
Maps for the DEZ and HRZ can be picked up at any DNR service center. These maps and a listing of registration and head collection stations can be found on the Internet at www.dnr.wi.gov. Hunters are encouraged to call the toll-free CWD information line at 1-877-WISC CWD for more information.