(Note: after publishing this story, DNR sent an expanded list of locations to get permissions. The DNR press release is below the story).
Deer hunters gain a special opportunity in Oneida and Lincoln counties, following the announcement of special hunting licenses by DNR on Thursday.
DNR Resource Manager Chuck McCullough says CWD counties release more hunting licenses …
"We are demonstrating deer for CWD in two general areas in the fall, one in Harrison County, Lincoln County, and the other in Three Lakes in County Oneida."
McCullough says the permits will be available at Merrill Ranger Station and the Rhinelander Service Center starting on Thursdays during working hours. Deer harvested must be available for CWD sampling, but it says this is the only outstanding obligation a hunter would have … "
"Labels are free and proprietary, for example, they can only apply to the forest of Lincoln County, but not for any other property, they must receive them personally and have a customer ID with them …"
McCullough says the licenses are valid until the end of the hunt in early January. Thus, the hunter could use the extra license for archery until the deer hunting, which is valid with a gun during this season, the muzzloader season or the weapon used for that season.
The DNR refers to the effort as "allowable inspections," an attempt to achieve a fairly high sampling rate in affected counties so that they can measure the impact of CWD on the local herd of deer.
DNR press release: 11/7/2018
SUBJECT: CWD sampling capabilities available for the Lincoln, Langlade, Oneida, Forest and Vilas regions for deer hunting seasons 2018
MERRILL, WIS – Monitoring of epizootic chronic wasting (CWD) will take place in two separate areas near Rhinelander this fall.
The deer will be sampled in northern Lincoln, northern Langlade and southern counties of Oneida after CWD is detected in two wild deer along the Lincoln-Oneida border. Deer in the eastern regions of Oneida, southern Vilas and western forests will continue to be sampled as a result of positive deer CWD on Oneida deer hunting farm, which was first identified in 2015.
"The staff of the Department of Natural Resources strongly encourages hunters to place adult deer heads for testing from these areas. It is very important to sample adult deer in these areas to measure what is happening with this disease and to identify early infection, "said Janet Brehm, a wildlife biologist, DNR. In addition to voluntary sampling in 2018, DNR staff will provide CWD tracking permits to landowners within the Lincoln / Oneida wildlife area and the area surrounding the positive deer in Three Lakes.
CWD tracking permits will also be available on selected public land plots within these areas. The CWD test is a requirement for the deer collected with these tracking permits. Private landowners should refer to the map below to determine if your land is in this area. Private land monitoring permits will be issued by the Rhinelander and Merrill DNR offices only by appointment.
For Rhinelander, contact Jeremy Holtz at 715-401-2871
For Merrill, contact Carissa Freeh at 608-220-1817 or e-mail at [email protected]
Public land permits will be available at the Rhinelander DNR Service Center and Merrill DNR Ranger between 8:30 and 4:00 pm. in offices beginning on November 8th. For public CWD surveillance permissions, no meeting is required.
The goal of the DNR is to test 450 deer in each surveillance area to determine the range and rate of infection for CWD. Hunters outside these surveillance areas can also test their deer at CWD sampling sites. Self-service stands are available to any hunter for CWD sampling. Just follow the instructions at any kiosk, which includes removing the deer head (including part of the neck) and completing a datasheet. Removal of horns does not affect test results.
CWD sample submission is currently available at the following self-service stand sites: DNR Ranger Station, 101 Eagle Dr., Merrill. DNR Center Lemay, 518 W. Somo Ave, Tomahawk. DNR Servicing Center, Sutliff 107 Avenue, Rhinelander. Norring Taxidermy, 6573 Ort Drive, Service Center DNR Rhinelander, 8770 CTY J, Woodruff. DNR Ranger Station, 1861 Hwy 45 N, River Eagle; Three Lakes Shell Station, 1742 Superior St., Three Lakes. DNR Ranger Station, 404 N Lake St., Crandon. Laona Shell Station, 4906 Hwy 8, Laona. Shop Corner, 497 Hwy 8, Armstrong Creek? The Post Fence, 603 Memory Lane, fence; DNR Satellite Center, 223 E Steinfest Rd., Antigo; BP Gas Station, N9521 USA Hwy 45, Summit Lake; Fisher's Bar, N11209 State Hwy 17, Gleason; Apart from the following Associates, if you bring the deer for processing: Geiss Meat Service, W4490 Pope Rd, Merrill? Lake Tomahawk Meat purchase, 7259 Hwy 47, Lake Tomahawk; Block Butcher of TJ, 8796 Hwy 51, Minocqua; First Meat Market Option, 1144 US Hwy 45 S., Eagle River. DNR staff can add additional sites and is currently looking for collaborators to help with CWD sampling. Visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "CWD Sampling" for current sampling locations. For information on CWD test results, look for keywords "CWD results." To see CWD results for a deer collected, hunters will need to enter a customer ID or CWD sample barcode number. the time from which the deer is transferred to a sampling station when the results are available is usually two to three weeks.
Automatic sampling kits available at Rhinelander and Antigo DNR and satellite centers The CWD self-test test kits are available at the Rhinelander DNR Servicing Center as well as at Antigo DNR. These kits include all the supplies and instructions required for hunters to collect CWD lymph nodes from the collected deer and a prepaid envelope for sending samples to the CWD DNR Treatment Center. These kits are free and distributed based on the first-time first-serve principle, while supplies last. If test results are positive for CWD, hunters must follow the advice of the Disease Control Center to avoid hunting from the deer.
Predatory deer reports that DNR staff are interested in reports of deer or deer with unknown cause of death, but it is important to note that they are not currently looking at deer killed by car. Contact the local wildlife biologist DNR to report a sick or dead deer or call the DNR direct service hotline at 1-800-847-9367.