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Gun deer season opens; hunters encouraged to help stop the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

Story By Nathan Meihak
Local Sports Published 11/21/2020 10:46PM, Last Updated 11/21/2020 10:54PM
Northwoods - Think of Wisconsin autumns and you think of beautiful colors like green, brown, yellow, and red.

But once the leaves are gone, you think of blaze orange.

Hunters from around the Northwoods loaded up on ammo for the beginning of the gun deer season on Saturday. As it was the first day that hunters were allowed to use firearms to haul in the big one

But before hunters mount their prize buck, they can get rid of any unwanted remains in Rhinelander.

Wildlife Biologist Curt Rollman explained how that process works and how it can help slow any spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. 

"After you get the deer butchered and you're wondering what to do with the leftover rib cage and parts like that," said Rollman. "There is a deer carcass dumpster available at the Rhinelander Service Center as well. The goal there is contain the potential spread of (Chronic Wasting Disease)."

Rollman also explained that the DNR can test any deer carcass a hunter brings in for the disease. 

The gun deer season runs until November 29.
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