Farm-Raised Deer Program

Here you will find an overview of the requirements for keeping and moving farm-raised deer in Wisconsin, including registration, recordkeeping, disease testing, movement, and permit requirements.  

Basic Facts about Deer Farms in Wisconsin

The following reflects the deer farm industry in Wisconsin as of September 5, 2018:

Number of registered​​ deer premises in Wisconsin380
Number of hunting ranches76 of the 380
Number of premises enrolled in the CWD herd status program​170
Number of farms with a CWD positive test since 200123
Number of herds depopulated as a result of a CWD positive​14

Useful Information

​List of Registered Deer Farms

List of Registered Hunting Ranches​

Map of registered deer farms, past and current CWD positive locations

CWD positives in farm-raised deer

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

United States Geological Survey

Certified USDA laboratories

Deer Keeper Organizations

​Whitetails of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Commercial Deer and Elk Farmer’s Association
Reindeer Owners and Breeders Association
North American Elk Breeder Association​