New CWD movement restrictions not in effect until Oct. 1

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(WSAW) -- As the deer bow hunting season opens Saturday, the new rules for moving deer in counties with chronic wasting disease (CWD) do not yet apply.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the current restrictions allow deer killed in CWD counties to be transferred and cut up in other counties affected by CWD as long as the deer do not cross counties without CWD in the process.

Starting Oct. 1, if you kill a deer in a CWD county and plan to butcher the deer yourself in a different county, you have 72 hours after leaving that county to take the deer to a licensed taxidermist or meat processor. If you instead want to butcher it yourself, you have to do so within that same county.

According to the DNR's website, once the new restrictions go into effect, the deer parts that can be moved to an outside county include: "meat that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately), quarters or other portions of meat to which no part of the spinal column is attached, meat that has been de-boned, hides with no heads attached, finished taxidermy heads, antlers with no tissue attached, clean skull plates with no lymphoid or brain tissue attached, clean skulls with no lymphoid or brain tissue attached, and upper canine teeth (also known as buglers, whistlers or ivories)."

To find more information about CWD restrictions at click here.