Gun-Deer Hunting Season Starts Saturday; Hunters Encouraged to Help with CWD Testing

Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer hunting season begins this
Saturday, and hunters are being encouraged to help the DNR test deer for
Chronic Wasting Disease. In the local area, the DNR has a 10-mile CWD surveillance
area in place for southwestern Green Lake County and southeastern Marquette
County, while county-wide CWD surveillance continues across the southern half
of the state – including Dodge and Washington Counties.

A news release from the DNR says CWD management “begins
with knowing where the disease exists on the landscape”, and a big part of
getting that knowledge is through building a sample size. Hunters are
encouraged to use one of many options available to them to help with sampling –
including 24/7 self-service sampling stations around the state. In addition, many
meat processors and businesses offer in-person sampling assistance.

Hunters should visit the DNR website and search “CWD Sampling”
to find a sampling site near them. The gun-deer hunting season runs November 23rd
through December 1st.