DNR monitoring for CWD cases

In cooperation with local businesses, state Department of Natural Resources staff will collect deer heads for chronic wasting disease surveillance testing during the 2018 archery, crossbow and gun hunting seasons.

Hunters who take an adult deer within Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin and Trempealeau counties are strongly encouraged to consider submitting a sample adult deer for CWD testing.

Cooperating taxidermists and meat processors will either remove the proper tissue samples or collect the entire deer head and portion of neck for testing.

CWD testing is free of charge to the hunter, and anyone submitting the head will receive their results in two to three weeks. Head samples may be dropped off at the following locations in this part of Wisconsin:

• Mike’s Star Market, 2238 Heimstead Road, Eau Claire, 715-552-3842.

• The Woodland, S5340 Highway 27, Augusta 715-286-2112.

• Bob’s Processing, 2430 S. Main St., Bloomer 715-568-2887.

• Lotts-A-Meats, 2310 Main St., Bloomer 715-568-2222.

• Spring Book Meats, N3485 810th St., Elk Mound 715-664-8585.

• Eagles Peak Processing, W999 Highway NN, Mondovi 715-495-1753.

• Bushy’s Meat Market, 23553 Adams St., Independence 715-385-3613.

• Falls Meat Services, 13212 Main St., Pigeon Falls 715-983-2211.

For a full list of local and statewide CWD sampling stations, visit dnr.wi.gov, and search using keywords “CWD sampling.”

Program helps those in need

MADISON — Each year hunters, meat processors and food pantry operators help families who are in need by working with the state Department of Natural Resources and its partners to donate thousands of pounds of venison to food pantries.

The Deer Donation Program was established in the year 2000. Since then, more than 91,000 deer have been donated and more than 3.6 million pounds of venison have been processed and distributed to food pantries across the state.

For more information about the DNR’s deer donation program, a list of participating meat processor, CWD sampling requirements and more on how you can help, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “deer donation.”

From staff reports

Contact: 715-830-5911, julian.emerson@ecpc.com