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Posted on: October 28, 2019

Deer Carcass Disposal Guidelines

For the 2019 Deer Hunting Season, Portage County Solid Waste has partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to provide a dumpster for deer carcasses at the Portage County Solid Waste Transfer Facility November 1 - December 31.

The Portage County Solid Waste Transfer Facility can only accept deer carcasses and deer remains during certain times of the year. Deer carcasses and deer remains will not be accepted after December 31. 

This service is only available to Portage County residents. Processing facilities and other businesses will need to make their own arrangements to have deer carcasses and remains sent directly to the Marathon County Landfill. 

Due to CWD concerns, many Wisconsin landfills no longer accept deer carcasses. If you need to dispose of deer carcasses or remains outside of the Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 time frame, the Marathon County Landfill will accept them for disposal throughout the year for a fee. 

It is illegal to dispose of waste on any public lands or roadways, or on private property without permission. 

Additional guidance on deer carcass disposal is available at dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/carcass.html.

The Portage County Solid Waste Transfer Facility is not a CWD testing site. Please drop deer heads off for testing at the Plover Ranger Station self-service kiosk, People’s Meat Market, or by appointment only at New Life Taxidermy or the Almond Rod and Gun Club.

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