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View Poll Results: What will you do when CWD comes to your hunting area?
Hunt as I always have. 6 22.22%
Hunt, but not consume any deer harvested. 3 11.11%
Hunt, but have all deer checked before consumption. 11 40.74%
HUnt somewhere that doesn't have CWD (out of state) 3 11.11%
Hunt other species primarily. 0 0%
Give up hunting altogether. 4 14.81%
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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-25-2019, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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When CWD comes to your hunting area

What will you do when CWD comes to your hunting area (and it WILL come to your area. It's not "if", but "when").

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-25-2019, 10:26 AM
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Get it tested. Consume if negative or inconclusive. I have a feeling a lot of other things can/will kill me first. But I will not give deer meat from a CWD area to my child.
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That is a good point. At 56, whatever variant of TSE that CWD will cause me to get probably wont kill me before I die anyway. But I have a 14 year old son to think about.

Another question. At what level of infection in the deer does the test come back positive? It is possible for a deer to have a low enough level of infection that it would come back negative?

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Good poll.

I am in the heart of DMA-2. With that said, I will have my deer tested and consume only if the results are negative.

Yes, I understand that after butchering there is virtually no way of getting rid of the prions on knives, cutting boards, etc..

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When you kill a deer in a DMA, you have to have it processed in that DMA. So, if you take it to a butcher there, and he processes it, and your test comes back negative, how do you know that processor hasn't already butchered any CWD positive animals? What efforts are these processors taking to avoid contamination of their equipment? Prions are notoriously hard to destroy.
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I don't think hunters in general know how these type of diseases work. I don't think there is near enough concern on the part of hunters about the consequences of CWD.

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A big thing will be the development of (or lack of) a field test.
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I honestly never gave this any conscious thought, so I really don't have an answer for the poll.

This is a very timely thread, and needs consideration. Thanks.

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More hunters need to think about it. It is likely only a matter of time before CWD jumps the species barrier. My fear is not how hunters react when CWD is statewide, but that they wont react at all.

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Don't believe the PGC or anyone who claims that nobody knows where CWD came from. They know EXACTLY what happened.

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