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Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Live in Venango County. Hunting Camp in Warren County
The issue is not about the number of deer CWD kills. The issue is about the length of time and amount of range the CWD are spreading the CWD prions that then infect healthy deer.
Though CWD is always fatal the majority of the deer that become infected with CWD die of other causes of mortality. Even though CWD most likely contributed to their becoming a mortality of the actual cause they get recorded as a highway or hunting mortality. If they didn't have and weren't being limited by the early stage effects of CWD though they very well might not have been a mortality at all.
Though EHD has the ability to kill more deer in the short term and in comparatively small areas I assure you it is not even close to the mortality concerns that will come with wide spread CWD.
Everyone should read this month's Game News article on CWD. There are areas Wisconsin where over 50% of the harvested bucks tested positive for CWD. There were families that harvested several bucks in their hunting areas and had all of them test WCD positive.
Is that the future we want? If it is just hang on to your hats a few more year because that is exactly where we are headed with hunters refusing to learn the facts about CWD and taking this "oh well no big deal" attitude about it.
We hear you Dick, loud and clear. But, why are there still antler restrictions in CWD areas? Why cant we harvest bucks in the Oct. muzzelloader season in the CWD zones? The bow hunters can shoot them then al over the state, why not the muzzle loaders? Why are the deer farms still in operation? We are willing to do all we can, I know I have written my rep and senator about it. We are willing to make sacrifices to slow the spread, well most of us are, but the GC and the legislators must lead the way. Not much we can do on our own.
Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf.
"When a pine needle falls in the forest, the eagle sees it, the deer hears it, and the bear smells it."
an old First Nations saying