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Posted 26 February 2015 - 01:14 PM

Scot AP, perhaps you should have a look see at the age youth can hunt,(not just deer) we have put through 13 years old in the youth Hunter Mentorship Program. These youth are allowed to Hunt, after taking their courses, supervised. Youth are not getting into hunting because their parents do not Hunt and because they have a lot of IT instruments to entertain them.  Salt on Highways is in most areas Scott, not just NS. As far as the dead deer on NS roads go, most that i see are on the twinned 100 series highways, not the single lane roads.


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 01:29 PM

I'm talking deer so my 13 year old  can go deer hunting in the youth deer season in oct. assuming he has all his courses


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 01:32 PM

I'm talking deer so my 13 year old  can go deer hunting in the youth deer season in oct.

This entire Sunday Hunting issue is not about Deer Hunting exclusively, it is about Hunting Collectively. Age has nothing to do with the issue of Sunday Hunting. I do agree with you however, but one has nothing to do with the other.


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 02:09 PM

First off to be clear I'm not agains sunday hunting I just don't think its need or the right direction to be going with a 14 week season

 

you implied that  Hunter numbers are declining rapidly  sunday hunting is somehow going to help save this, with  more Youth involvement. I don't disagree but I think th effect sunday hunting will have on this ( growing our hunter number) is so minimal that it won't be a factor there for the argument isn't valid.

 

for me  sunday hunting and Youth involvement are to different things and youth involvement is much more of a piority needed when talking about declining hunter numbers then sunday hunting.

 

what i'm saying if you want to grow hunter number or retain/get our youth in hunting our regs need to be revamped,there is no reason our kids have to be 16/17 years old to deer hunt, or 13 years old to small game hunt. other states and provinces has proved this,I know 12year old out west that are shooting 12 point bucks with there dad, there is no reason why we can have that here, i even think N.B went to 12 years old


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 02:19 PM

our Hunter numbers are declining rapidly mostly because your youth regs. are out of touch with with whats going on in the rest of north america, our youth restrictions ,age limits etc. have to be revamped to keep them in it. that should be priority

sunday hunting on it own is not going to have a noticable change on youth involement

I don't have an issue with sunday hunting at all  but the argument  people is trying to make that they need that other day in the woods his horse ****

 

when we had 4-5 week hunting season  those number are comparitive to what were seeing seeing with a 14 week season, in comparison to deer kills so time is not the problem we doubled that and our kill ratio is still the same. and we have allowed for 2 deer oppertunity

 

so if we double our hunting time kill ratio doesn;t go up what does that mean, the deer population isn't there, so the questions hunters need to ask is do we want longer seasons seeing few and few deer or do we want short seasons better deer management more oppertunities

 

look at any state or some of the provinces that have good deer hunting what do they have,  short seasons, properly managed lot of oppertunity why because they have a healthy maintained deer heard ,lets not forget in most of these places you can't bait either and yet there kill ratio blows ares away,  our 14 week season is probably the longest in north america

 

if we had proper deer management we could have 4-6 week season including sundays have more youth involvement and way more oppertunity and still be able to harvest 2 deer , but were going completely in the opposite direction and thats why everyone in N.S wishes or does goes on a hunt out west or down in the states 

 

the argument with deer being kill by cars is crap as well,heard size does have an effect but not as much as some want you to believe, you can look at other provinces or states that have way larger deer heard then ours and they don't have the accidents we do, our biggest issues is salt, alot of single lane roads, grass, shrubs and trees to the edges of pretty much all our roads, lets not forget speed,

 

You got many good points here. I previously through out what system I seen out west years ago. A one week season for each weapon basically. Bow, shot gun, muzzle loader, rifle. The first three were by far more accepted by locals when you were asking to hunt. Folks scoffed at that, but I do know when I hunted there it was nothing to see 40-50 deer jump the fence at evening. I would lay in fields with packs of coyotes running past, and the odd wolf. You were tripping over wildlife, rabbits, grouse etc everywhere. And yet they had short seasons. Heck the animals didn't even have trees for cover. I think more time hunting whatever species is simple math, more time to fill your limit, whether it is deer, bear, rabbits, pheasant, grouse etc. The species that game limits are per day would probably be in a worse scenario.


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 02:32 PM

Last province in the country NOT to have Sunday hunting (PEI does not count lol), speaks volumes about our backwards little province.  We are not just talking about deer hunting, but all kinds of hunting, this thread has gone sideways....


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 03:22 PM

and we probably have the worst hunting model of any province,dealing season,weapons, youth etc. there is no other state or province that has a model like ours so are we really going forward or backwards?  sunday will not effect other game like deer,and sunday hunting will bring alot to those other seasons,


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 03:26 PM

I agree with Markus as I ve previously stated in regards to sunday hunting being all or nothing ,no it doesnt.i see nothing wrong with as I ve stated ,to limping into sunday hunting like i believe NB implimented sunday hunting during its deer season i believe only.I apologize if incorrect about that,but the point here is there are options for dnr to reflect upon,but the thing is we should all have a choice and let the govt deal with the terms.
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Posted 26 February 2015 - 03:54 PM

 

I don't disagree but I think th effect sunday hunting will have on this ( growing our hunter number) is so minimal that it won't be a factor there for the argument isn't valid.

 Hi Scott, I respectfully disagree with you on this statement.  Your kids and my kids both go to school and I'm sure are involved in other pass times.  Basically that gives kids one day a week to participate in their passtimes like hunting.  Speaking from my experience as a father and avid hunter, my son and all his friends would have had twice as many opportunities to get out hunting if Sunday was available, thus twice the chance of developing the interest in hunting.

 

I agree with the allowing younger hunters, but I think many young hunters do get to tag along when they are younger.  They might not get to pull the trigger, but they can certainly get to experience all the other positive aspects of hunting.  My son  followed in my boot tracks as soon as he could walk.  First day of deer season he always fell ill and had to take the day off school....somehow the cool fresh air always made him better.  He would have had twice the chance to hunt, even if he could have hunted when he was twelve, if he had the opportunity to hunt on Sundays.  Allow younger hunters...yep, most of us will agree to that one, but ask those younger hunters if they want to go out on Sunday and I'll bet they'll say yes (with the exception of TS and BackCountries kids and grand kids of course).

 

My niece moved from Nova Scotia to Alberta about 10 years ago.  When she arrived there she suddenly had Sundays availble to hunt.  When she heard we Nova Scotian's might have a chance to hunt on Sundays she was so excited that we might actually get another full day to enjoy this outdoor interest with the rest of our families, that she made a great FaceBook post about all the benefits she and her family have realized from it.  How can it be so accepted and enjoyed in other provinces, but not here? 

 

As has already been pointed out by others, there are lots of ways to manage populations.  Seasons, bag limits, weapons, etc.  In my mind, that other weekend day gives flexibility to many folks that don't currently have a lot of flexibility and options. 

 

This has been an interesting thread.  It really gives a person a view of why things are so slow to move ahead in Nova Scotia.  Interesting, very interesting!

 

 

 

     


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 04:12 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^ Post of the DAY........... 100% AGREE
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Posted 26 February 2015 - 04:31 PM

My son moved to Alberta and cannot say enough about the hunting opportunities there as well as how great it is to be able to hunt all weekend since he works all through the week.  My daughter is leaving for BC soon, neither will ever come back here to live here I'm afraid.  Nova Scotia is on a downhill slide.


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 05:06 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^ Post of the DAY........... 100% AGREE

 

Double AGREE !!  .... 


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 05:17 PM

Damm straight Hawkeye!
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Posted 26 February 2015 - 05:24 PM

 Hi Scott, I respectfully disagree with you on this statement.  Your kids and my kids both go to school and I'm sure are involved in other pass times.  Basically that gives kids one day a week to participate in their passtimes like hunting.  Speaking from my experience as a father and avid hunter, my son and all his friends would have had twice as many opportunities to get out hunting if Sunday was available, thus twice the chance of developing the interest in hunting.

 

I agree with the allowing younger hunters, but I think many young hunters do get to tag along when they are younger.  They might not get to pull the trigger, but they can certainly get to experience all the other positive aspects of hunting.  My son  followed in my boot tracks as soon as he could walk.  First day of deer season he always fell ill and had to take the day off school....somehow the cool fresh air always made him better.  He would have had twice the chance to hunt, even if he could have hunted when he was twelve, if he had the opportunity to hunt on Sundays.  Allow younger hunters...yep, most of us will agree to that one, but ask those younger hunters if they want to go out on Sunday and I'll bet they'll say yes (with the exception of TS and BackCountries kids and grand kids of course).

 

My niece moved from Nova Scotia to Alberta about 10 years ago.  When she arrived there she suddenly had Sundays availble to hunt.  When she heard we Nova Scotian's might have a chance to hunt on Sundays she was so excited that we might actually get another full day to enjoy this outdoor interest with the rest of our families, that she made a great FaceBook post about all the benefits she and her family have realized from it.  How can it be so accepted and enjoyed in other provinces, but not here? 

 

As has already been pointed out by others, there are lots of ways to manage populations.  Seasons, bag limits, weapons, etc.  In my mind, that other weekend day gives flexibility to many folks that don't currently have a lot of flexibility and options. 

 

This has been an interesting thread.  It really gives a person a view of why things are so slow to move ahead in Nova Scotia.  Interesting, very interesting!

Excellent post Hawkeye...Mind you, i'm sure one guy will say the kids should book some vacation during the fall and another will tell you the kids are just thinking of themselves and should perhaps consider relocating lol.


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 05:49 PM

Excellent. Band the little group together and single out anyone that differs with your opinion. You want common threads, this is would be one. Its is probably why some do not bother to reply anymore. Folks get jumped on, got to the point were even some repeatedly insult ones name ( that has now been going on for a few months now). These are all good examples from those that are so concerned about getting the youth involved. Bravo. It must be great to have gained so much knowledge of our out doors that no one else's opinion matters but your own, maybe some day I could be so blessed. I do know I still have pride in my home province, unlike some that think it is so terrible. Probably due time to leave this site. Happy hunting.


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 06:49 PM

Thunderstick, I dont think anyone is ganging up on you.  You're just in a minority position.

 

You dish out the comments, so I'm surprised you cant take the same treatment when it's returned your direction.....especially when it's just non offensive discussion.  If ya need a little break, by all means take one.


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 07:20 PM

Excellent. Band the little group together and single out anyone that differs with your opinion. You want common threads, this is would be one. Its is probably why some do not bother to reply anymore. Folks get jumped on, got to the point were even some repeatedly insult ones name ( that has now been going on for a few months now). These are all good examples from those that are so concerned about getting the youth involved. Bravo. It must be great to have gained so much knowledge of our out doors that no one else's opinion matters but your own, maybe some day I could be so blessed. I do know I still have pride in my home province, unlike some that think it is so terrible. Probably due time to leave this site. Happy hunting.

No worries bud....im sure there are lots more on this site who see ur opinions and point of view and realize how they make sense....but just dont post their comments.Itll all come out in the wash when and if its voted on....and by the way??if u feel ur being ganged up on?by all means ur allowed to take a break 😅
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Posted 26 February 2015 - 08:31 PM

7 year olds can hunt in some places. They have to hunt under the adults tag, so 1 firearm and 1 deer tag between the 2 of them. When they are 12 or 13 they can get their own tag but still require adult supervision, both can carry firearms

 

 

 

 

 

look at any state or some of the provinces that have good deer hunting what do they have,  short seasons, properly managed lot of oppertunity why because they have a healthy maintained deer heard ,lets not forget in most of these places you can't bait either and yet there kill ratio blows ares away,  our 14 week season is probably the longest in north america

 

Our season length is similar to Ontario , Alberta ,Saskatchewan.

Florida starts Aug 1 ends Feb 28

 

Lets not forget some of those places with "heathy" herds are battling 2 diseases

 

 

 

http://www.qdma.com/...d-in-your-woods

 

 

10 Reasons You Don’t Want CWD in Your Woods
 
 
 

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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a serious threat to the future of deer hunting. Yet, there are many hunters who don’t understand or appreciate the threat, who feel it is not something they have to worry about because it is far away from their woods, or who confuse it with other diseases. That's why it's important for all deer hunters – especially those who have not yet felt the impact of CWD or who live far from any outbreak areas – to learn what is really happening right now to those who have the misfortune of being affected. 

 

There is much confusion between CWD and hemorrhagic disease (EHD and bluetongue virus). EHD and bluetongue are serious matters in their own right, and their impact is more rapid, more visible and more dramatic. Deer carcasses pile up quickly in outbreak areas. By contrast, CWD is a slow poison, building over time, taking months or years to kill individual deer that are spreading the infection as they slowly die (Click here to read a detailed comparison of the two diseases). Unlike the EHD and bluetongue viruses transmitted by insects, the CWD blight is steadily growing with no breaks, no recovery periods, no survivors, and no resulting immunity. The known impact sites for CWD in wild deer or elk currently include 19 states and two Canadian provinces, a list that has been growing recently. Minnesota and Maryland discovered CWD in free-roaming deer in 2011; Missouri in 2012; Pennsyvlania in 2013; and last year, Iowa. We should be concered about both EHD and CWD, but an important difference is that CWD can still be prevented from spreading to new areas. If you don’t hunt in or near regions with CWD, be very happy, and support all efforts to prevent the disease’s arrival near you. If it hits, the biological damage to the deer herd will be slow to build, but the impact on you and your hunting will likely be immediate and significant. 

 

Don’t take my word for it. Just consider the actual impacts on hunters caught in the real world of a CWD outbreak. 

 

Here are 10 very real reasons why you don’t want CWD in your woods.

 

Necessary Deer Population Reduction

 

State wildlife agencies are working hard to prevent CWD entering their states, but when it is discovered and prevention is no longer possible, the goal shifts to intensive surveillance and containment. Sharpshooters, agency personnel and local hunters are enlisted to shoot and sample enough wild deer to reveal the prevalence and extent of the outbreak. Once this is known, a management plan is developed, and it usually involves reducing deer density in the Disease Management Zone (DMZ) to reduce deer-to-deer contact and slow the spread. Emergency seasons may be opened, bonus tags may be doled out, and landowners may be asked to cooperate in thinning the one resource that may be the reason they own land – necessary steps that neither the agencies nor the hunters involved would choose if they didn’t have to.

 

Missouri discovered its first case of CWD in Macon County in 2010 in a pair of adjacent captive deer facilities owned by the same deer farmer. It was discovered in 2012 in wild deer just outside these pens. The site is in Missouri’s prime deer country. “This is the heart of some of our best deer hunting in the state,” said Jason Sumners, deer project leader for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

 

MDC moved quickly, as most states do, to drop wild deer numbers in a 30 square mile core area around the two deer farms. Sharpshooters entered private lands, and bonus tags were dispensed.

 

“Deer density was probably in the neighborhood of 35 to 40 per square mile before we started. Now, we’re less than 10,” Jason said. “A lot of the landowners in this area bought the land specifically for deer hunting, and it’s a tough pill for them to swallow. In general they have been really, really cooperative, but they’re not happy about it at all.”

 

New Rules for Moving and Handling Venison 

 

After you have killed a deer, you likely have a set of rituals you go through to reduce it to bag and prepare it for the dinner table. If CWD appears nearby, you can probably scrap all that and learn a new regime. It’s possible that every deer you kill will have to be taken first to a mandatory check-station for sample collection. You’ll be limited as to where you can take the carcass without first boning it out. Parts like the head may have to remain in the DMZ and other parts discarded at an approved location. 

 

“I can’t take a deer carcass out of the zone. I can’t even take the head to a taxidermist outside the zone,” said Rick Watts of Pennsylvania, who lives in a DMZ surrounding a deer farm in Adams County where CWD was discovered in 2012, one of three DMZs in Pennsylvania. “There was only one taxidermist in the zone who did European mounts, and he quit. He didn’t want to have to deal with all the regulations and problems.”

 

Rick now processes his own venison because his favorite processor is located outside the zone, and hunters who use commercial processors must use one that is located within the boundaries. “I live a mile from the edge of the zone, and the two butchers that are inside the zone are on the far side. They’re further away from me than a couple of butchers that are outside the line.” 

 

Precautions and regulations like these complicate life for hunters, and they strain the relationship between hunters and their wildlife agencies, but the agencies are also in a tough position. There are no easy methods for containing CWD once it arrives, but inaction is not an option for anyone who cares about whitetails.

 

“I don’t think the average hunter understands the potential impact of what this will do to their hunting,” Rick said.

 

Loss of Basic Hunting Privileges

 

Rick’s hunting has changed in other ways. He can no longer use supplemental feed or distribute minerals. These are common rules put in place in an effort to slow CWD’s spread anywhere it appears, and QDMA supports agencies in taking steps like these. Bait, feed and mineral sites can congregate deer unnaturally, making it easier for them to swap saliva or come in contact with the urine or feces of other deer – all of which can transmit the infectious materials that cause CWD. In Rick’s case, he can’t hunt with urine-based lures or attractants either. (Learn the specific regulations by state)

 

“We used to do trail-camera surveys and I put out corn and minerals to bait the camera sites, so I can’t do trail-camera surveys anymore,” Rick said. “That affects our ability to get deer in front of cameras and monitor the herd. I also used to put out minerals and a mix of attractants in front of my cameras, but I’m not allowed to do that anymore, either.”

 

Mature Bucks Not Encouraged

 

Research has revealed that CWD prevalence rates are highest in older bucks. For that reason, CWD containment plans often involve managing for a young deer age structure, the opposite of Quality Deer Management. Hunters are discouraged from attempting to build buck age structure by protecting yearling or middle-aged bucks – again, an unfortunate but prudent step in containing the disease.

 

In 2004, Missouri established an experimental 4-points-on-a-side antler restriction to protect yearling bucks in 29 northern counties. It was a success and was popular among hunters, so in 2008 the rule was expanded to 65 counties. When CWD was discovered in the middle of those 65 counties, the antler point regulation was repealed in the six-county DMZ.

Jason Sumners said the sex ratio of the deer harvest in the containment zone has shifted quickly back in favor of bucks, and pressure on yearling bucks is high once again.

 

Gary Bolhofner of Missouri, who hunts in the DMZ, said he hated to see the antler regulation repealed.

 

“The 4-point rule really helped,” he said. “We were really seeing a lot of good bucks before it was dropped.”

 

Economic Repercussions in the Region

 

When CWD is discovered in a new area, research has shown a subsequent decrease in hunting effort and time spent afield. Some hunters leave the woods because they don’t see many deer anymore, a result of intentional efforts to reduce deer density and contain the disease. Some hunters leave the woods because of fears about eating venison from an infected deer. Participation rates rebound in many areas after an initial period of alarm and confusion, which is often fueled by inaccuracies about the disease in local news media. Once the facts come into focus, many hunters return to the woods, but not all.  

 

In Wisconsin, hunting license sales fell sharply after CWD was discovered in 2001 and have remained about 5 percent below previous levels, or about 40,000 hunters short. 

 

The initial decline in hunting participation after a CWD outbreak is significant enough to be felt in the local economy, even if the effect is short-lived. Spending by hunters on lodging, meals, gas, equipment, deer processing, and other goods and services drops off. License sales may also decline, impacting state wildlife agency budgets at a time when new expenses associated with controlling CWD are exploding.

 

Tennessee does not yet have CWD that we know of. But the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Tennessee conducted a study to estimate the economic impact of CWD if it should appear. They studied actual impacts on hunting participation in other states and applied them to known spending patterns by hunters in Tennessee. The researchers wrote in a final report: “When the direct effects are combined with effects from decreased purchases from supplying industries and service providers and effects from fewer expenditures with income losses, the total economic losses are estimated at $98 million and 1,459 jobs.”

 

This is to say nothing of the value of recreational hunting land in the affected area. “I take calls from folks who want to know what’s going on, who had been thinking about buying land in the area but are goosey about the long-term impacts of CWD,” said Jason Sumners. “I can’t say there has been an impact on land value, but there’s definitely a perception of, well, ‘maybe I’ll just go buy land somewhere else.’ ”

 

According to land brokers in the outbreak region, recreational land value inside Missouri’s DMZ is currently $200 to $350 less per acre than outside the zone.

 

Your Tax and License Money Diverted

 

Even in states where CWD has not yet been detected, wildlife agencies are pouring tens of thousands of dollars into monitoring to ensure early detection if it arrives. In our 2010 Whitetail Report, QDMA surveyed agencies and found that states were spending a combined annual total of over $1 million just for collecting and testing samples to monitor wild deer for CWD. I checked with my home state of Georgia, which is fortunately still a long way from the nearest known case of CWD, and learned the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) currently spends around $20,000 annually on CWD surveillance. The grand total since 2003 is nearly half a million dollars.

 

These costs rise dramatically after CWD enters the picture, as more intensive monitoring is needed to define the impact zone. Monitoring costs are joined by added expenses and manpower. In states with CWD, costs are running in the millions. While much of these funds used to come from the federal government, state funds also were being used. In 2012, federal funding for CWD surveillance was significantly reduced, and most costs must now be borne by the states, which already have precious little in their budgets for spending on programs that benefit sportsmen. Georgia WRD could do a lot to benefit sportsmen with the funds that are being spent on CWD surveillance, but the situation could be much worse. So far, none of those CWD samples collected in Georgia have tested positive. 

 

No State Has Won The CWD Battle

 

After more than a decade and over $49 million dollars spent fighting CWD in Wisconsin, prevalence rates in 15 impacted counties are climbing steadily. In Iowa County, for example, the percentage of adult bucks with CWD has climbed from 33 percent in 2012 to more than 40 percent.

 

“Even so, many of us continue to hunt deer in this increasingly diseased region,” wrote hunter and freelance writer Patrick Durkin in a recent column for the Wisconsin State Journal. “It’s where many of us learned to hunt deer, and it remains a beautiful land with abundant wildlife. We continue to cherish it, much as we would a stricken loved one. So, yes, the deer hunting tradition remains, but how long before it, too, falls to CWD?”

I asked that same question of Dr. John Fischer, a wildlife veterinarian and Director of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

 

“In my opinion, it’s too early to tell,” he said. “In some areas, CWD prevalence in wild deer is approaching 50 percent. For a disease that’s uniformly fatal, I think that sooner or later you’re going to start seeing some population impacts.” 

Those impacts may not include local extinctions, but they will include changes in herd structure, said Matt Dunfee, Director of the CWD Alliance. “A doe will live long enough to replace herself,” he said, “but she’s probably not going to survive to 4½ years old. Neither is a buck.”

 

New York has one of the few encouraging stories. In 2005, CWD was discovered at two captive deer facilities in Oneida County. Surveillance was intensified, restrictions were placed on movement of live and dead deer, and later that year two wild deer tested positive in the DMZ. Since then, despite thousands of wild deer tested statewide and particularly in the DMZ, no additional positives have been found. The containment zone was dissolved in 2010, but surveillance is ongoing. Because of potential environmental contamination with infectious CWD materials, even this might not be a victory.

 

“You don’t go back to ‘CWD free’,” said Dunfee, “It will affect a wildlife agency forever. Even in New York, they’re not CWD free. The long-term effect of this will be felt, as far as we know, indefinitely.”

Click here to see the complete timeline of the discovery and spread of CWD.

 

Prions Die Hard

 

Even if Wisconsin or any other state could somehow completely remove every sick deer in DMZs, infectious materials litter the battlefield. The abnormal proteins, called "prions," are shed by whitetails in feces, urine, saliva and blood, and they remain in carcasses. Unlike an EHD virus which cannot survive outside the body of its host, CWD-causing material can survive in soil and remain infectious for an as-yet undetermined amount of time.

 

“We know it can remain viable in the environment for a number of years,” said Dr. Fischer. “We don’t know how long.”

In studies with captive elk, sick animals were removed and their pens cleaned and disinfected thoroughly, including removal and replacement of the dirt in the pen. But new animals introduced to the site became infected. If wild deer die out or are eradicated from DMZs, restocking will not likely be attempted for years without risk of new outbreaks.

 

Are You Going to Eat That?

 

There is no evidence that CWD is transmissible to humans. According to the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “To date, no strong evidence of CWD transmission to humans has been reported.”

Nevertheless, they urge caution because CWD is in the same group of disorders as mad cow disease, which can infect humans. The CDC suggests you be careful about how you process venison harvested in a DMZ and what parts of the deer you touch and eat. 

 

Deer can carry CWD for months to years before symptoms become obvious. If CWD comes to your area, will you be concerned about eating venison? Or feeding it to your family? Do you want to have that on your mind when you are slicing out a pair of backstraps?

 

Many hunters in DMZs have concerns. Many pay out of their own pockets to have their deer tested for CWD, and they wait until results are back before they eat the venison – the CDC also suggests this precautionary step, although experts emphasize the test is a surveillance tool and not a food-safety procedure. The cost of a test may vary from $30 to $50 or more, and results are usually available in a few weeks.

It’s one more way that deer hunting has changed for these hunters and potentially one more added cost.

 

There’s Currently No Cure

 

Scientists are working to create a vaccine that can prevent CWD, but the work is slow. An initial trial provided tantalizing hope that a vaccine is possible. Four of five deer given an experimental vaccine still contracted and died of CWD when exposed, but the fifth deer remains CWD free – the “first partially successful vaccination for a prion disease in a species naturally at risk” according to the researchers.

Still, it’s likely to be years before a vaccine is actually developed. It will be extremely useful in cleaning captive deer herds of the disease, but its practicality for reducing or preventing CWD in wild herds will be questionable. 

 

The bottom line, according to Dr. Fischer: Prevention is the only proven technique for managing diseases in free-ranging wildlife. 

“Trying to play catch-up with a wildlife disease after it’s already established is tough,” said Dr. Fischer. “There’s no guarantee of success, but there is a guarantee it’s going to be a very costly, long-term endeavor. If you don’t have CWD where you hunt, you don’t want it.” 

 

Based on what we know about how the disease spreads, there are two primary methods for preventing the arrival of CWD in new areas. First, stop the transportation of live deer and elk into and within your state. Second, stop movement of parts of deer and elk from DMZs into your state or area.

 

“If you are a hunter in a state without CWD, encourage your legislators and wildlife agency to put in place any regulations that can reduce the risk of it entering the state,” said Matt Dunfee. “Encourage them to spend money on sampling and monitoring to pick up the disease as quickly as you possibly can so they can jump on it when it does.” 

 

I live and hunt in Georgia, where CWD has yet to be discovered, and I pray it never will be. For many hunters, CWD is easy to ignore or dismiss because it is still far away from their state’s borders or because the impact is complex or difficult to quantify. But I urge you to learn all you can. Visit your state wildlife agency’s website and read their CWD response plan. Contact them to learn more about their testing programs, and support them in their monitoring efforts – as well as their containment efforts should that day come. If nothing else, take one thing from this story...

 

You don’t want CWD in your woods.


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#239 Guy Incognito

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 08:34 PM

EHD and CWD: What’s the Difference?
 
 

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The two most significant diseases affecting whitetails today are hemorrhagic disease (EHD and bluetongue) and chronic wasting disease (CWD). Many people confuse the two. Here's a quick guide to the major differences between EHD and CWD. To view a larger image of this chart, click on the image in the Gallery below.

 

 

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 08:38 PM

I imagine the only reason that cwd hasnt been confirmed here yet is likely becuase it hasnt been tested for.


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