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Chronic wasting disease test results

Due to the constraints of COVID-19, turnaround time on CWD results may be delayed. Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.

To find your test results, you will need your:

  • CWD barcode or
  • Customer ID

Find CWD test results for your deer

Test results are added as they become available. During an average year, results are typically available 10-14 days after the deer is brought to a sampling station. This year, we will likely experience delays due to implications from COVID-19. To protect our staff's health, we have reduced the number of staff per shift at our CWD sample processing center. Despite adding shifts, the daily volume of processed samples will be reduced from previous years.

We estimate that results will be available 2-3 weeks after the deer head or tissue sample is received. Unforeseen circumstances may cause further delays in either our field operations or at the CWD processing center. We thank you for your patience as we seek to provide our services during these unprecedented times.

See all test results

See a summary of test results in Wisconsin.

What happens when you get a positive result?

If your harvested deer tests positive for CWD you will be notified by email if your email address is included in your GoWild customer account, or by letter if your email address is not provided. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that to date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people. Nonetheless, as a precaution, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recommends that people only consume venison from healthy-appearing deer with test results indicating that CWD was not detected.

This is consistent with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) [exit DNR] and World Health Organization (WHO) [exit DNR]. Unwanted deer carcass waste or packaged meat should be disposed of in a landfill that accepts this waste.

The harvest authorization will be added to your GoWild account within two days of your positive result notification and will be valid for the remainder of the current hunting season as well as the following hunting season. The harvest authorization will replace the same type used so will be valid statewide for an antlered harvest authorization and valid in the unit and land type specified for antlerless harvest authorizations. The harvest authorizations are not weapon specific but the appropriate license must be purchased to use them.

Clean all equipment used to process the deer with soap and water to remove all organic material and rise with water. Then for non-steel items soak in a 50/50 solution of bleach and water for an hour, and for steel, items soak for a minimum of 5 minutes. For additional processing details see the carcass handling page.

Interactive CWD results mapping application

The CWD results mapping application lets users explore statewide CWD results. The application allows you to add a layer of CWD sampled or CWD positive deer by township or section. Results can be viewed for one year at a time. Results are added to the map as soon as they are made public.

2019 positive test results maps

Maps will be updated at the completion of a CWD year.