Milwaukee, Wis.– The Department of Natural Resources is conducting CWD sampling in Waukesha County again this deer hunting season. This sampling effort is in addition to the Walworth County surveillance areas that focus on a Town of Troy deer farm and the Village of Fontana where a CWD positive deer was found.
Last year, sampling was conducted in every county to determine the extent of CWD statewide. Those counties that did not receive a large enough sample size to make this determination, including Waukesha County, are collecting deer heads again this year to meet their sample goals.
The success of the Department’s efforts will depend on the cooperation of area deer hunters, said local wildlife manager Jim Jackley. “Local hunters were very cooperative last year. This year we need to collect as many deer heads as possible and that will require increased hunter participation.”
And although hunters may not be concerned about the individual deer they harvest, Jackley noted “each and every deer head is significant for us to understand how widespread the CWD problem is in wild deer in this area.”
Starting with the early bow season, which opened on September 13, hunters can register and donate heads from adult deer harvested in Waukesha County at the following locations:
- Monches Hilltop Inn, W302 N9510 CTH E in Monches
- Buck Rub Outfitters, N13 W28400 Silvernail Rd. in Pewaukee (closed for gun season)
- Wern Valley Sportsmen Club, S36 W29657 Highway D, west of Waukesha
- Sideview Travel Center, 2344 Highway 120 in East Troy
- DNR Eagle Headquarters, S91 W39091, Highway 59, west of Eagle (ONLY during the first T-zone hunt on October 30 to November 2, and opening weekend of gun deer season. In an effort to obtain more samples, all other registration stations in Waukesha County will be closed during the opening weekend of gun deer, November 22 and 23.
In some cases the station attendants will collect the head during the normal registration process. Otherwise saws, bags and other materials will be available on site to deposit deer heads that meet the following criteria:
- deer must be harvested in Walworth County or Waukesha County;
- deer must be brought in for testing within 18 hours of harvest; and
- adult deer only – fawns will not be accepted.
Hunters who harvest bucks will be able to take their antlers with skull plates attached. Deer heads may also be collected after being caped out by taxidermists provided they have been kept cool and are brought in within three days.
CWD surveillance in Waukesha and other Southeastern Wisconsin counties will continue through the winter and the DNR plans to collect deer heads throughout the Zone T, gun deer and late bow seasons.
“In addition to help from hunters, citizens are asked to contact their local wildlife biologist or conservation warden about any sick-looking deer they may see so that the deer can be tested for CWD. This includes any adult deer that is very skinny and exhibits abnormal behavior such as little fear of people, disorientation, unsteadiness, or other signs of nervous system disease,” said Tami Ryan area wildlife supervisor.
More information on CWD can be found on the Department’s website at: www.dnr.state.wi.us.