Moving Deer and Other Cervids Within Wisconsin

In-state Movement to a Deer Farm or Hunting Ranch

For cervids moving within Wisconsin to a different deer farm or hunt ranch, a current certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) is required unless they are moved between two locations that are covered by the same registration.

Current CVI must contain all of the following:

  • The seller's name, address, phone number, and livestock premises code

  • The buyer's name, address, and phone number and premises code

  • The dated signature of the examining veterinarian (Per federal rule, CVI must be issued within 10 days of inspection unless requirements of 9 C.F.R. § 161.4 are met.)

  • The shipment must occur within 30 days from the date of inspection.

  • Two forms of approved individual identification for each animal regardless of age, at least one of which is official. If moving to a hunting ranch, at least one must be visible.

  • Tuberculosis status (ONE of the following)

    • If the animals are from an accredited TB herd, include the state ATB number and date of last whole herd TB test. The shipment must occur within 3 years after the herd TB accredited anniversary date (not necessarily 3 years after the last test date.)

    • If the animals originate from a herd that qualifies as a tuberculosis qualified herd, based on a negative whole herd test completed within 365 days prior to the import date, include the test date and results

    • Individual – two tests 90-270 days apart with the 2nd within 90 days of shipment AND the animal must remain isolated from the herd since the first test

    • For cervids going to a hunting ranch  ONLY must have all the following if the above testing requirements are not met:   

      • a complete whole-herd TB test anytime in the past

      • a negative individual TB test less than 90 days prior to movement

      • remained continuously isolated from the rest of the herd since the negative individual TB test less than 90 days prior to movement

  • Three CWD statements or substantially similar statements: 

    • CWD statement: "All cervids identified on this certificate originate from a herd enrolled for the past 5 years in a state chronic wasting disease program meeting the federal bureau standards." (include the beginning status date and state CWD number)

    • "All cervids identified on this certificate originate from a herd that has shown no clinical signs of chronic wasting disease in the past 12 months."

    • "All cervids identified on this certificate originate from a herd that is adequately separated from any wild deer herd known to be infected with chronic wasting disease."

Not required:

  • Brucellosis testing or statements

  • Permit number

In-State Movement Direct to Slaughter

For cervids moving within Wisconsin direct to slaughter, you may use either a state-issued Cervid Owner-Shipper Permit for Intrastate Slaughter (AH-CD-101) or the federal form VS 1-27. Each form has different requirements.  

Cervid Owner Shipping Permit Form, the following are required:

  • One of the following individual animal identifications:

  • The owner's name, address, phone number, and livestock premises code

  • The destination facility's name, address, phone number and premises code

  • Signatures from the owner and a representative at the slaughter facility

Not required with the Cervid Owner Shipping Permit Form:

  • Testing or statements for tuberculosis, brucellosis, or CWD

VS 1-27, the following are required:

  • Official individual ID for each animal, regardless of age

  • The seller's name and address

  • The destination facility's name and address

  • Signatures from the issuing veterinarian (include the expiration date and time), owner or shipper and a representative at the slaughter facility

Not required with a VS 1-27:

  • Testing or statements for tuberculosis, brucellosis, or CWD

The VS 1-27 can be obtained from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

On the paperwork, identify animals that have implanted microchips to help ensure the safe processing of the meat.