Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board approves more stringent game farm fencing rules aimed at CWD management

(Photo by Bill Diers)

The Natural Resources Board, on Aug. 8, approved restrictions on moving deer carcasses out of CWD-affected counties and required enhanced fencing for white-tailed deer farms.

The changes are meant to help prevent the spread of CWD, a disease fatal to deer.

The board modified the restriction on carcass movement, allowing hunters to move a deer carcass outside of a CWD-affected area if it is taken to a licensed meat processor or taxidermist within 72 hours from the time the deer carcass leaves the county of harvest.

For home processors, a deer could be moved outside a CWD county if the meat is deboned or quartered. The skull, neck and spinal column must be left in the county of harvest. A deer head may also be transported to an approved CWD sampling cooperator, kiosk or CWD testing center.

The board also adopted the requirement that white-tailed deer farms must include a second 8-foot-high fence, or a solid barrier at least 8 feet high, or a three-strand electrified wire fence. The board gave deer farmers one year to comply after the rule is adopted.

The board also approved a scope statement that could result in a formal emergency rule closing the ruffed grouse hunting season early in 2018. The board had asked the DNR for a proposal to close the season on Nov. 30 due to an unexpected downturn in grouse populations.

The DNR provided a statement, signed by the governor, without a specific closure date but will include a proposed date to the board at its Sept. 26 meeting.

The board also let the DNR know in no uncertain terms that it wants to receive a report next June on whether a similar early closure needs to be considered in 2019, and it wants to see a completed ruffed grouse management plan by January 2020.

Categories: Bloggers on Hunting, CWD, Whitetail Deer, Wisconsin – Tim Eisele

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