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Properly disposing of deer carcasses is an important way hunters can help slow the spread of CWD in Wisconsin. Through the Adopt-a-Dumpster program, partners work with the DNR to provide convenient deer carcass disposal locations, especially in areas where options are limited or unavailable. Partners in the program volunteer to sponsor a dumpster during the deer season, at a mutually agreed upon location with the DNR.

There are two ways partners can participate in AAD:

  • Donate Full Cost: Adopt-a-Dumpster (AAD) partners can adopt the dumpster and are therefore responsible for all costs and guidelines associated with the dumpster. The length of time the dumpster is available would be determined by the participant and DNR.
  • Donate Partial Cost through Cost-Sharing: Partners can also participate in a cost-sharing option. During the 2021 deer hunting season, partners agree to fund the full cost of the dumpster up front. The department will then provide reimbursement, evenly splitting the cost of each dumpster up to $1,000 and covering the remaining cost. In most counties, cost-sharing is available for up to three locations. After reimbursements, partners will have donated $500 for each adopted dumpster. Participants would be responsible for all guidelines associated with the dumpster.

The DNR prefers to locate dumpsters on private land. However, options are available for individuals or groups to host locations on public land in consultation with the DNR.

How To Get Involved In Adopt-A-Dumpster

Contact your local deer biologist, Eric Canania 608-341-9615 (southern Wisconsin), Matt Esser 715-284-1417 (west-central Wisconsin), or Curt Rollman 715-369-9399 (northern and northeast Wisconsin) if you are interested in volunteering.

Deer carcass waste dumpster
Deer carcass waste dumpster