(WQOW) – The bow deer season is just three weeks in and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is already scrapping a new rule that was to go into effect yesterday.
Under the vetoed rule, a harvested deer would have had to stay in the county where it was killed unless it was being taken to a licensed processor or taxidermist.
The idea of the rule was to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). In Wisconsin, 55 of 72 counties are considered affected areas.
CWD does remain a concern, so the DNR will be collecting deer heads again this year.
Hunters who harvest a deer in all of our surrounding counties, including Eau Claire, are encouraged to submit a sample for CWD testing.
Hunters who harvest an adult deer in Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin and Trempealeau Counties can go to one of the locations below and drop off the head with 3-5 inches of the neck attached.
Eau Claire County Drop off Locations:
- Mike’s Star Market, 2238 Heimstead Road
- Eau Claire DNR Service Center, 1300 W. Clairemont Ave.
Chippewa County Drop off Locations:
- Bob’s Processing, 2430 S. Main Street – Bloomer
- Lotts-A-Meats, 2310 Main Street – Bloomer
- Inges Meats, 500 Sawmill Road – Stanley
- Beaver Creek Taxidermy, 8504 60th Ave – Chippewa Falls (Lymph node samples)
- Lake Wissota State Park, 18113 Hwy 0 – Chippewa Falls
- Chippewa Moraine Rec. Area, 13394 Hwy M – New Auburn
- Cornell Ranger Station, 117 S. Riverside Dr. – Cornell
- Jacobson’s Ace Hardware, 17168 Hwy J – Chippewa Falls
For a list of drop off locations in other counties, click here.