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Hunters urged to test for CWD

Local hunters are urged to have their harvested white-tailed deer tested for chronic wasting diseases this year. Photo Courtesy of Wisconsin DNR

Gun deer season opens Nov. 18

By Greg Seubert

The chair of Waupaca County’s County Deer Advisory Committee is urging local hunters to get their deer tested for chronic wasting disease.

“Since we had positives in wild deer in the last two years, we would like to ramp up testing this year to monitor the prevalence of CWD in our wild herd,” Scott Bestul said. “Hunters may want to have their deer tested before consuming.”

Hunters have several options to have their deer tested, including self-service CWD testing kiosks, in-person tests through a cooperating business, at-home lymph node extraction or by appointment with local state Department of Natural Resources staff.

Local testing sites include:

Hartman Creek State Park, N2480 Hartman Creek Road, Waupaca (920-420-0384).

Northwoods Sausage, N4731 Larry Road, New London (920-982-9773).

J.R.’s Sport Shop, 195 E. State St., Iola (715-412-3403).

Marion Plaza Shell, 1107 N. Main St., Marion (715-508-1677).

Breaker’s Taxidermy, N3276 Comet Road, Tigerton (715-535-2970).
Locations and other information on all testing and disposal sites throughout Wisconsin can be found on the DNR website – dnr.wi.gov – and searching for “CWD testing.”

Wisconsin’s nine-deer gun season opens Saturday, Nov. 18, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 26.

The archery and crossbow season opened Sept. 16 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 7. Wisconsin also has a muzzleloader season that runs from Monday, Nov. 27, through Wednesday, Dec. 6, as well as a four-day antlerless-only hunt scheduled for Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 7-10.

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