CWD Testing

Do not bring your deer carcasses here to dump. Our dumpster is for our business use only.

 Howling Hollow Taxidermy will be offering CWD testing for deer collected in Wisconsin. Unfortunately we can not offer CWD testing for deer collected in Iowa or Minnesota. 

Please understand that by having your deer CWD tested you are under NO obligation to get taxidermy work done.  This is a FREE service we would like to provide to increase surveillance of CWD. 

Howling Hollow Taxidermy is open 7 days a week.  Ideally, the samples should be collected as soon as possible after the deer is harvested.  CWD testing is performed on the deer's lymph nodes located at the base of the skull within the first several inches of the neck.  It is recommended that a hand width of tissue be left at the base of the skull to prevent damage to the lymph nodes. 

If the deer is harvested and can not be brought to us right away please keep the head and upper neck at refrigerated temperatures (35 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit).  If it will be longer than 5 days between harvest and sampling please freeze head/neck. 

Bringing your deer to us for CWD testing helps track the progress of this disease.  Our goal is to make this as fast as possible for you. We do not need the whole deer for sampling.  This is a busy time a year for us and we want to help people who only want CWD testing to get in and out as fast as possible. 

  • Please do not bring us your entire deer and ask us to remove the lymph nodes on the spot. Ideally we would like the head/upper neck only. If you are having your deer processed please work with your processor to figure out if they want the head/upper neck removed before or during processing. If you are bring the deer in for a shoulder mount and testing please follow our field care guide.  However, leave a hand width of neck tissue below the head neck junction. 

All deer CWD tested are tagged with a metal medallion  (pictured above).  The number on the medallion along with your DNR customer number is used to retreive your test results online.  There is normally a 10 day turn around time.


Below is a copy of the intact form we fill out for CWD testing.  All highlighted information is required.  If you also know the closest cross roads were the deer was taken that is very helpful.  We use plat books to enter Township, Range, and Section information. Deer aging is performed by Howling Hollow based on tooth wear.   


 Find out more at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/results.html   https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/VenisonCWDLead.pdf 

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