CWD - Your Experience

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  1. SwampCat

    SwampCat Well-Known Member

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    I live in AR where CWD was first detected about three years ago. I do not live in the cwd zone. Our state allowed one more doe to be killed and did away with antler restrictions in an effort to lower deer density - allong with suspending supplemental feeding. For those of you who live in the states of wisconsin and illinois - what difference have you seen in deer numbers and buck quality after having cwd in the state for an extended period.
     
  2. THE LLC

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    I hunt in northwest Nebraska which is ground zero for CWD. It's just part of life now. They tried the increased harvest BS which doesn't help anything. Now, like I said, it is just life. In 20 years I've seen one deer out there with obvious CWD and that was this past Fall--a 5x4 that I called my buddy with Game and Parks to come put down. That was a shame because he was a nice 2 year old. Haven't seen any negative effect on antler size/quality over the years.
     
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  3. Double L

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    Were 3 years into CWD zone. Have not seen seen any effects of it yet. Hope it stays that way. The handling of carcase and no minerals is the only thing that is noticeable to us
     
  4. sagittarius

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    Hard to tell in Wisconsin. We had some EHD kills a few years ago. Many management changes. Switched from deer management units to County deer management. Changed from in person deer registration to trust you to call it in. Stopped deer age studies at registration stations. Deer population estimates now are now more subjective. In the last 6 years the Republican controlled administration has moved away from scientific deer management and switch over to a "stake holder satisfaction" based management system.

    Politicians are still hanging on to baiting in about 1/3 of Wisconsin counties. CWD deer sampling has slowly increased the last few years, but if only 1 of 140, or 1 in 1500 deer are sampled, it is difficult to detect in the 1% or less infection rate. New for this fall, if you harvest a deer in a CWD effected county, you must butcher it yourself in that county, or transport it directly to a certified processor. You can no longer take it home and butcher it yourself in a different county, if the deer was harvested in a CWD effected county.

    There was more population info available several years ago in Colorado and Wyoming. Where it took 6-7 years to grow trophy mule deer, some CWD areas saw fewer and fewer quality animals. They were dying of CWD before reaching trophy size. Now States have clamped down on data and information so as not to decrease hunting tourism.

    Best we can do is slow the spread. Lower the populations in CWD areas, eliminate baiting, better disposal of carcasses. There is some small indication of some CWD resistance in a small fraction of an elk population. Rather than wait 100-1000's of years for natural immunity to develop, why not selectively breed CWD resistance into wild deer/elk populations. Tap into the genetic research capabilities of our state universities. Speed up the natural selection process rather than let deer and elk populations suffer.

    http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2016/09...e-of-white-tailed-deer-declines-from-cwd.html
    https://www.wyofile.com/study-chronic-wasting-disease-kills-19-deer-annually/
     
  5. Oakseeds

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    Illinois has experienced both EHD and CWD; most deer hunters would probably agree the IL herd is diminished from what it was 20 yrs ago. It seems we are seeing some improvement over the last couple of years. There are folks in IL pushing IDNR to allow feeding. Ex-IDNR Director Manning is opposed (I believe I read that he is in opposition).
     
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    In Nebraska, EHD has been 100 times worse than CWD. It killed 40% of our herd, if not more, in '12 and '13.
     
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    I never figured out the arguement against baiting, but in favor of food plots as a response to CWD/EHD.

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    I agree. Our counties with CWD are the least baited counties in the state guaranteed. They are mostly croplands.
     
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    Interesting that they are working diligently on a preventative that most likely will need to be administered orally. Will require feeders with best concept so far to blend in a feed.
     
  10. Bowhunter

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    Joe Rogan did a podcast with some very knowledgeable guests regarding this subject.

    http://podcasts.joerogan.net/podcasts/doug-duren-bryan-richards

    They had some very interesting ideas on how to deal with CWD. One was too not let your deer mature past a few years old because the more mature deer are what get infected and therefore spread the disease throughout the herd.

    Another thing they discussed was how they believed that food plots had some ill effects on spreading the disease as well. I’m not sure I’m buying that, but they know a whole lot more about the subject than this dumb old Land Surveyor does.
     
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  11. nchunter1989

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    100 Wild/Drury Outdoors did a similar round table, it’s actually on YouTube.

    For you guys in CWD areas, are you still eating the meat? Doing a “boneless” debone? I know for years we heard stay away from the CNS, now I’m seeing also stay away from the lymphatic system, which usually gets cut away anyway.


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    That’s probably the most in depth and informative discussion I’ve heard on the topic. It’s incredible how much we still don’t know. CWD has been a hot topic recently. I have a feeling all the added attention will force state and federal dollars to be applied.


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