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!
There are still some who insist a scope is not needed for the type hunting they do, ignoring the advances of the last 150 years in optical sights. (Even the ultra-conservative US Army has adopted optical sights.) The idea that in some special circumstances open iron sights or aperture (peep) sights might be more useful is not lost on me, but with the inevitable advance of age comes the reduction in visual acuity needed for using iron sights.
I believe that many who completely resist the idea of...