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Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Hollidaysburg, PA (4A)
As a DMA-2 hunter who is hunting in the heart of the DMA and nearest to a majority of the confirmed cases here is what I am seeing.
1. Less hunters during archery: Why? I feel the archery hunters are far more educated on hunting and CWD than hunters who only participate in the rifle season. Many are scared and dont want to take the chance.
2. Same amount of hunters during rifle season. Why? See #1.
3. Overall, there are less deer, especially in the SGL I hunt which was in fact culled last winter after the close of the season. (I have first hand knowledge of the culling, it happened, move on).
4. The PGC increased the number of tags this year in 4A and if you look today, 12/11/2019, there are still 10,965 antlerless tags available. This is ammunition for the PGC to justify herd culling.
5. I have one buck on camera from this summer who's ribs are clearly showing and he is VERY thin. There was plenty of food around his core area and lots of water. No reason for him to be so skinny though it could be some other disease, who knows???
6. I've hunted a lot this season and so have many of my friends who hunt the same general area and neighboring private property. No one has seen the PGC out checking hunters. I believe they are staying out of the area on purpose.
CWD is real, we all acknowledge that. We know it spreads through feces, saliva, contact, and the prions can remain in the soil for many years. The only way to stop this is to find a cure or something that will allow the deer to form an immunity to the disease.
This is the tip of the iceberg. I firmly believe that within the next 10-15 years, all the deer will be infected or dead in my area of the DMA unless a cure is found.