Hunters have several options for testing deer
PRATT — The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) is providing hunters with a list of contractors who will take samples from deer for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing, and the agency will also take samples from a limited number of deer for testing. Some hunters are concerned about the disease because a few cases have been confirmed in northwest Kansas in the past. Although there is no evidence that CWD can be passed from animals to humans, KDWP continues to test for the disease, and hunters are encouraged to participate in the testing process.

There are a few things hunters should know before they present a deer for the tests, including the following:

  • Sampling and testing are free through KDWP and KDWP CWD contractors, but results won't be readily available.
  • KDWP will sample 460 deer from each of four zones, plus 500-1,000 deer from northwest Kansas. Once the sampling goal is attained in a particular zone, KDWP sampling will stop in that zone.
  • Hunters have the option of taking their deer to a veterinarian, who may extract samples and submit them to Kansas State University for a $32 lab fee per deer, plus service and shipping fees.
  • Hunters may also submit their own samples to K-State for the $32 lab fee; shipping charges apply if the hunter does not deliver the sample in person.
  • KDWP results will not be posted on the KDWP website. If a positive is detected, the hunter will be contacted by telephone. Otherwise, the hunter will not be contacted.
  • CWD testing is not a food safety test; it is a herd health test. KDWP does not recommend eating the meat of a CWD-positive deer or any diseased animal.
  • Currently, there is no evidence CWD can be transmitted to humans or livestock.

For more information on the KDWP CWD surveillance program, write Shane Hesting, KDWP Wildlife Disease Coordinator, 1830 Merchant, P.O. Box 1525, Emporia, KS 66801, or phone him at 620-342-0658.

The following is a list of 2009-2010 KDWP CWD contractors, as of November 2, 2009. Additions and Subtractions to the list can be found HERE.

Beloit Angela Waters 785-738-2979
Beloit Joe Holdren 785-534-1123
Beloit Marty Hesting 785-738-2479
Bonner Springs Sure Shot Taxidermy 913-231-4762
Brookville Lane Johnson 785-577-6204
Colby Tumbleweed Taxidermy 785-462-7943
Colby Colby Animal Clinic 785-460-8621
Colby Great Outdoors Gun Shop 785-460-4204
Concordia Jeff Gerard 785-275-2429
Delphos Heartland Taxidermy 785-822-7466
Dighton The Deer Shop 620-397-3062
Dorrance Ryan A. Williams 785-623-8996
Elkhart Ole Butcher Shop 620-679-4424
Ellinwood TK Archery 620-564-2326
Ellis Jeff's Guide and Taxidermy 785-726-4099
Fowler T&T Processing 620-646-5911
Garden City Simon's Great Outdoors Taxidermy 620-275-8999
Garden City Southwest Skullworks 620-275-4441
Goodland Bob Juleson 785-821-1207
Gorham Jack Brown 785-324-1516
Harveyville Bell Wildlife Specialties 785-589-2321
Hays Andrew Pettibone 785-399-8080
Hepler Eds Trophy Taxidermy 620-362-3414
Hoxie Elmer Zimmerman 785-675-3226
Hoxie Paul Babcock 785-675-3686
Ingalls King's Taxidermy 620-335-5424
Kansas City Second Creation Taxidermy L.L.C. 913-422-3111
Kensington Tipi Taxidermy 785-476-3285
Kismet Riverbend Taxidermy 620-563-7659 or 620-391-2241
Lincoln M&M Processing & Smokehouse 785-658-5566
Manhattan Jason Finley 785-626-4357
McPherson Shaw Taxidermy 620-245-0811
Minneola Patrick Martin 620-408-8692
Ness City South Fork Meat Proccessing, Inc 785-798-3464
Norton David Bainter 785-874-4874
Norton Lindsay, Richard 785-877-3178
Oberlin Patrick Inman 785-475-7182
Offerle Bryant Kurth

620-659-2888 or 620-255-3541 or


Otis High Plains Taxidermy 620-586-3369
Philllipsburg Phillipsburg Lockers 785-543-2312
Portis Roger Macy 785-346-2076
Pratt Kenny's Deer Processing 620-672-9261
Quinter Phil Mann 785-769-4122
Quinter R W Leighton 785-769-3394 or 785-754-3625
Reading Mark Schoemaker 620-699-3856
Russell Chris Pasek 785-483-0205
Seneca Alpha Taxidermy 785-336-2444
Smith Center Phillip Breese 785-282-6404
South Haven KanOkla Fur Co. 620-892-5895
St. Francis Cheyenne County Wildlife, Inc. 785-332-3089 or 785-332-6601
Stockton Frank Slansky 785-425-6088
Valley Center Mels Taxidermy 316-755-2579
Valley Center Roger Davis 316-755-2738
Wakefield Tom's Taxidermy 785-461-5739
Webber Larry Wackel 785-753-4015
Wellington Jay Dee Brown 620-326-7020
Winfield Feaster's Deer Processing 620-221-2494