Have the containment efforts worked? I sure hope so.
Thanks for keeping us up to date even if the report is bad news Flounder. I haven’t heard anything new about chronic wasting disease for some time. I was hoping that it was behind us or at the very least o longer spreading to new areas. New York State has put a ban on baiting and even feeding deer any time of year since chronic wasting disease threatened the deer nationwide. The theory here was that by banning deer feeding, the deer would avoid close proximity nose to nose contact between deer eating the piles of food, and thus prevent the spread of the disease between them. I have not seen any reports of chronic wasting disease inside of New York or the contiguous bordering states or provinces (except possibly on an enclosed deer farm). But the theory of stopping the spread by banning feeding is not a sure thing. I’m sure the disease spreads where deer are not fed else it would no longer exist. The linked article says that teh infected deer in the "new area" was adjacent to an area where the disease is epidemic.
Am I the only one who was thinking that Chronic Wasting Disease was on the decline nationwide? Have the containment efforts worked in general? I sure hope so.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
There are a couple ways...