MADISON — Zone-T Deer Hunting Season is in full swing in many parts of Wisconsin. Miserable hunting conditions on Friday, the second day of the season, gave way to almost ideal hunting conditions in south and central Wisconsin on Saturday.
Hunter report hearing many shots taken in the field, and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Collection Centers within the CWD Eradication Zone were busy Saturday morning.
Hunters showing up at some CWD sample collection centers, particularly in northern Wisconsin on Thursday and Friday, mistakenly believed they had to pay to submit samples to the Department of Natural Resources’ deer disease surveillance effort.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” said Fred Strand, DNR Wildlife Management Area Supervisor in Superior. “We are asking hunters to bring in their deer. We will remove the deer head, and the hunter can take the meat home. We will test tissue from the head for CWD. There is NO COST to the hunter. We just need hunters to bring their deer to us so we can collect samples,” he said.
Participants in the surveillance study will learn test results of their individual deer and county-wide testing results will be posted on the DNR Web site.
DNR is committed to sampling about 50,000 deer from around the state — 500 per county — this fall as part of its CWD surveillance program. The ambitious testing program is designed to tell biologists with confidence whether or not the disease exists in a county. Most sampling, outside of the Intensive Harvest Zone, is taking place during the Oct. 24-27 Zone T hunt and the opening weekend (Nov. 23-24) of the nine-day gun season.
Within the CWD Intensive Harvest Zone, all deer will be sampled. Hunters taking deer in the CWD Management Zone are urged to take their deer to one of the CWD sample collection sites located in that zone (See sites for South Central Region in the table below).
“Hunters from that area are taking deer and registering them, which is fine, but then they need to bring their deer to one of the collection sites so we can get the data we need to manage the CWD problem,” said Greg Matthews, DNR South Central Region public affairs manager.
Each county in the CWD Management Zone has eight to nine registration stations but only two to three CWD sample collection stations, he said. Hunters may register deer at either the registration stations or the CWD sample collection stations, but samples will only be taken at those CWD collection stations.
Hunters wishing to participate in the CWD and deer disease surveillance program should bring their deer to one of the CWD collection sites:
Collection Sites for Zone-T weekend DNR West Central Region: Clark County Owen O-W Sports & Liquor 107 Central Ave. Buffalo County Mondovi Buffalo County Hwy. Dept. 360 S. Eau Claire St. Trempealeau County Arcadia Maloney’s Baloney 113 E Main La Crosse County West Salem Karl’s Sport Shop W3449 Hwy. 16
DNR Northeast Region: Door County Sturgeon Bay The S-Stop 922 S. Duluth Ave. (CTH S) Brussels Rouer’s Grand Slam 9710 School Rd. Fond du Lac County Ripon Holiday Food and Sport 105 E. Main St. Rosendale P.C. Travel Store 108 N. Main St. Green Lake County Markesan Grand River Convenience Store 544 N. Margret St. Princeton Fox River Travel Plaza 811 Green Lake Rd. (Hwy.23) Kewaunee County Luxemburg Lee’s Sports 1513 Main Algoma Wiegand Amoco 616 4th St. Marquette County Montello DNR Ranger Station 363 Church St. (Hwy.22) Westfield Pioneer Mini Store 244 N. Pioneer Rd. Briggsville Pheasant Inn W8650 Hwy.23 Marinette County Crivitz T&T Fermanich Mobil Hwy.141 and CTH W Wausaukee Wausaukee Ranger Station 1025 Hwy. C Coleman Steiner’s Northwoods Hwy.141 in the middle of town Oconto County O. Falls Lathrop’s Hometown Station 7818 Hwy.22 West Abrams Hi-Way Fuel 2857 Sot Rd. – Hwy.41/141 West frontage rd. of CTH D Outagamie County Shiocton Colwitz’s Convenience Store W7832 Hwy.54 Leeman Pierre’s Store N9302 Hwy.187 Shawano County Shawano Qualheim’s True Value 1345 E. Green Bay St. Birnamwood Midway Corner Mart (Mobil) Hwy.45 and CTH N Bowler Bowler Foodland E. Railroad St. Waupaca County Marion Fish Tails 301 N. Main Waupaca Waupaca Truck Stop 1222 W. Fulton Iola J.R.’s Sport Shop 195 E. State St. Waushara County Wautoma DNR Shop (old ranger station) N2130 Hwy.22 South PoySippi Madell’s Lanes N4319 Hwy.49 Winnebago County Omro Omro Store 163 E. Main St. Neenah Ridgeway One Stop 8510 Hwy.45 (Hwy.45 and Hwy.150)
DNR Northern Region: Ashland County Ashland DNR Office 2501 Golf Course Road Mellen DNR Office 620 W. Layman Glidden Glidden Food Mart Hwy.13 Clam Lake Chequamegon Junction Jct. Hwys. 77 and M Bayfield County Iron River Gateway Jct. Hwys. 2 and A Barnes DNR Office Jct. Hwys. 27 and M Washburn DNR Office 203 E Bayfield Drummond Bear Country Jct. Hwys. 63 and Wisconsin Ave. Burnett County Danbury Log Cabin Store 30217 Hwy.35/77 Siren Big Mike’s Sport Shop 6659 Hwy.70 Douglas County Pattison Pattison State Park 6294 S. State Rd. 35 Superior Holiday Station 4827 East 2nd St. Brule DNR Office 6350 S. Ranger Road Gordon DNR Office Co Hwy.Y Iron County Mercer DNR Office Highway 51 North Hurley Bert’s Union 76 Highway 51 South Oneida County Hazelhurst Hazelhurst ICO Hwy.51 Price County Park Falls Bridge Bait and Tackle 1414 4th Street Phillips Ball Amoco 165 S. Lake Ave. Catawba Catawba Farm Supply Hwy. 8 Rusk County Glen Flora Edming Oil W4278 Hwy.8 & Lawrence St. Sawyer County Hayward Super Sports W16096 Hwy. 63 S. Winter Thran’s Fin & Feather W6635 Hwy.70 Vilas County Eagle River Eagle River Ranger Station 1861 Hwy.45 N. Manitowish Waters Dietz’s Phillips 66 160 Cty. Rd W Star Lake Star Lake Store 7851 County Rd. K Washburn County Spooner DNR Service Center 810 West Maple St.
DNR South Central Region: Columbia County Pardeeville Pardeeville Sport Marine Hwy.33 Portage Blyston Repair Service Hwy.33 Poynette Poynette Amoco Food Shop 306 Hwy.51 Rio LR’s Place 116 Lincoln Ave. Wisconsin Dells Interstate Amoco 650 Frontage Road South Wyocena Wyocena Bar 110 S. Washington Dane County Black Earth Norslein’s Wood Works 4738 Hwy.78 Marshall Spirits Etc. 510 Park Plaza McFarland BJ’s Roadside Tavern 2515 Hwy.51 Grant County Boscobel DNR Wilson Nursery 5350 State Hwy. 133 E Green County Albany County E Locker N6833 County E Juda Rackow Family Sausage N1943 Schindler Road Monticello Francois Oil Company Hwy. 69 Iowa County Arena Heck’s Farm Market 7266 Hwy.14 Barneveld Eagle Mart Stop-and-GO 8029 Hwy.151 (Hwy.18/151) Mineral Point Five Point Cheese and Liquor 319 S. Commerce Street Highland Palan’s Outpost 1358 County Road BH Lafayette County Darlington Darlington Mini Mart Hwy.23 S – 81 W South Wayne Holverson Meat Processing 103 Center Street Richland County Richland Center Walsh’s Ace Hardware 1525 Bohman Drive Rock County Evansville Ringhand Meats 603 E. Main Street Sauk County Baraboo Viking Express II 818 8th Street Plain Straka Meats 915 Alma Avenue Reedsburg Viking Express I 1375 E Main Street Spring Green Mr. and Mrs. T’s E5016 Hwy.14
DNR Southeast Region:
There are no Zone T units in this region and no sampling stations open during the Zone T Season