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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Westmoreland county PA
A question about CWD
I'm given to understand that a deer that contracts CWD might go 18 months before showing symptoms. For at least part of this time, that sick deer is shedding prions that cause the disease...ie. spreading CWD.
I'm also given to understand that the main goal of AR was to allow deer to live longer (that is, long enough to grow nicer antlers). And that harvest statistics show that is, in fact, what is happening.
Doesn't it stand to reason that at least some of the bucks that survive their first (and sometimes second) hunting season might be infected with CWD and that AR unwittingly is aiding in the spread of the disease? Is it possible that AR is actually working against our efforts to limit the spread of CWD? In light of this, shouldn't AR be discontinued, at least in the CWD zones?
Disclaimer: I was and am in favor of AR. I don't necessarily want to see it go away, but I'm concerned about CWD and what we, as hunters, can do to limit the spread of it.
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