Action Alert: Oppose Loosened CWD Protections in Wisconsin

February 20, 2023 By: Amber Kornak

Wisconsin Senate Bill 30 (SB 30, Assembly companion AB 34) would remove requirements for implementation of deer baiting restrictions in any county where a positive test for chronic wasting disease (CWD) or bovine tuberculosis (TB) has been confirmed in any captive deer but not wild deer. Currently, deer baiting prohibitions are put into effect if a wild or captive deer tests positive for either disease.


Please consider joining the National Deer Association (NDA) in opposing these bills. SB 30 and AB 34 would allow deer baiting to continue in a county after a positive detection of CWD or bovine TB has been found in a captive herd in that county. CLICK HERE to ask your lawmakers to oppose these bills.


Current Wisconsin law states requires a three-year baiting ban in any county that detects CWD or bovine TB in a wild or captive deer. Current law also prohibits baiting for two years in any county within a 10-mile radius of a positive detection. SB 30 and AB 34 would preclude captive detections from those restrictions. Both bills unnecessarily place Wisconsin’s wild deer at risk of CWD and bovine TB by loosening baiting restrictions in known disease areas.

The NDA is dedicated to ensuring the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting, and SB 30 and AB 34 directly and unnecessarily place all three at risk. The NDA will not work to actively repeal baiting where currently legal, except where CWD (or other known diseases, such as bovine TB) is present, and both bills would allow for the continuation of baiting in areas where disease presence is known in captive deer herds.

About Amber Kornak:

Amber Kornak is a Policy Intern with the National Deer Association. She received her bachelor's degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Oregon State University. She has 8 years of wildlife experience working with big game animals such as bears, deer and elk. Amber is an outdoor enthusiast currently residing in Northwest Montana.