This is getting too close to home! I haven’t heard anything about chronic wasting disease inside of New York or the contiguous bordering states or provinces but the linked article says it was found just 10 miles south of the Pennsylvania border. Yikes! That is way too close for comfort!
This is an interesting quote:
“Currently, there is no evidence that CWD poses a risk for humans.... However, public health officials recommend that human exposure to the CWD infectious agent be avoided as they continue to evaluate any potential health risk.”
I don't think I would hunt in an area where the deer have been shown to have Chronic Wasting disease. I sure wouldn't eat any of them no matter what the spion doctor press reports say!
The new powers mentioned above for the Pennsylvania Game Commission Director are to designate deer management areas if need be and the authority to ban the import of antlered animal parts from infected areas. It would suck if you had a trophy rack from a western state and couldn't bring it home, but I understand the need for caution. We do not want the disease here!
Deer hunters spend so much time trying to pattern deer that we forget that we also can be "patterned." After all, most of us hunt the same days and the same hours, so it isn't difficult for deer to figure us out.
While we would never recommend giving up hunting the traditional moving times for deer -- early morning and late evening -- it's important to keep in mind that deer will move at other times of the day. Sometimes hunting through lunch, or getting in your stand earlier than usual for an...