Racine County doe tests positive for CWD; herd control hunt kicks off ThursdayThe Wisconsin DNR reported Monday afternoon that a deer from Racine County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the first known CWD-positive in the county. Also, area residents are reminded a four-day gun-deer hunt aimed at reducing the number of whitetail does, begins Thursday, Dec. 6th.
The Wisconsin DNR reported Monday afternoon that a deer from Racine County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the first known CWD-positive in the county.
The 3 1/2-year-old doe was harvested near Bohners Lake and volunteered to the Department of Natural Resources for sampling by a bow hunter when it was registered on Nov. 12.
Tim Lizotte, who heads the DNR's operations related to CWD, says it's disappointing but not necessarily unexpected. Racine County has been included in the CWD management zone for years due to the potential for the disease in the area.
The location where the CWD-positive deer was found in Racine County is several miles from the nearest CWD-positive deer in Walworth and Kenosha counties.
Lizotte said this result does not change any remaining hunting seasons. It also does not change the current CWD management zone boundary. Baiting and feeding of deer is already banned in Racine County.
The DNR will continue to sample deer in the area, said Lizotte. Hunters who want their deer tested should bring them to sampling locations throughout the muzzleloader, late archery and Holiday Hunt in the CWD management zone.
Many gun-deer hunters will head afield again this Thursday, Dec. 6th, with the inception of a four-day, antlerless-only herd control season. Much of Pierce, Polk, Pepin, St. Croix and Dunn counties are included in the hunt area.
For specific units consult 2012 regulations or visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/dates.html.