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Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Lancaster Pa/Gaines Pa (camp)
I've got totry to put a not so negative spin on this.
I like everyone here, have concerns about CWD, and am fortunate to have a biologist college buddy who has had many convos with us at the cabin wrt CWD and other challenges in the state, as he worked with the PGC for several years. It sure is a tough disease to control.
But to me as a hunter, CWD/EHD/Cars whatever kills deer....is a problem, BUT THEY ALL kill something that we as conservationists enjoy hunting for harvest/tablefare. The reality is all of these "takers" of our quarry have been around for decades (even though some more recently to PA).
"We" as a community can take whatever precautions we feel justified/necessary to control the spread, but this has been around since the 60s and has been "traveling" state to state...naturally, in a cage for hunting preserves/stud farms, or in the back of a pickup truck cooler for equally as long. I in no way am dismissing the effects of a badass prion that has a long standing ability to infect an area, but to me dead is dead.
I'd bet a dollar to a dime that all of those butcher shops that have "closed the doors" to out of state butchering or CWD managed areas, have already processed deer from those very areas and have likely used an "infected" knife on all of the deer laying behind it.
While I realize that control seems to be the operative word, in my mind, that barn door has been open for quite some time now, so to worry about spread of it, is like pissin in the wind. It is what it is.
We all can do our best, butcher our own deer...whatevs. But at the end of the day, this has, is, and will be around for decades to come, so it is what it is.
I'm not going to let it stop me from what I enjoy. I just caution everyone to just keep an eye on it, but don't run off the deep end think that the hunting world is coming to an end. That doomsday stuff does no good and serves little purpose to the reality of the situation. Areas that have been affected are bouncing back, and I'd bet hunter in said areas, are eating their harvest.
I in no way am trying to diminish the challenges that it creates, but just trying to bring a level headed approach to how I/we deal with it, as its something we will contend with for some time, but it too shall pass.
Enjoy your time afield. I know I will.