I seriously wonder if CWD has always been around, and it's just that over the last 10 years, they've learned how to better diagnose it.
Plus, hunters are now more aware. There could have been some very sick deer shot years ago, that prior to the CWD scare, hunters just chalked it up to malnourishment and then threw them away. They wouldn't have thought to report them.
I've wondered the same thing, I dought that its some new illness but has been around for a long time. Like you said hunters are more aware of it as well as its being diagnosed now. Its not like these things just randomly just appear. now that we know what it is i hope we can figure out a way to stop the spread of it. I'm very glad it hasnt been detected in my state yet, not to say it isnt here but it just hasnt been detected.
Although it's all over Colorado now it has not reached my hunting units yet. But like I have said before I believe it will continue to spread. We have been testing here for many years now and you you can see the slow progression in the maps they put out every year showing the units that have tested positive.
It would be great if they could figure out how to stop CWD from spreading, but I am glad the CDOW seems to be realizing that simply killing nearly all the deer in an area does not eliminate the disease. Several years ago, CDOW killed off a large portion of the deer in my dad's area, and I think I remember reading that they only found 1 case of CWD which was way fewer instances than they anticipated. The deer numbers in that area are finally recovering, but it was annoying that so many opportunities were taken from hunters. Since DOW decided that a large culling operation was the best management strategy, I think they could have created a special management hunt with one of the criteria being that any harvested animals had to be turned in for CWD testing. At least then hunters could have the initial hunting opportunity.
Thanks for keeping us up to date Flounder. I haven’t heard anything new about chronic wasting disease for some time so I was hoping that it was behind us or at the very least no longer spreading to new areas. Sadly, I guess sthat is not the case. 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). Am I the only one who was thinking that Chronic Wasting Disease was on the decline nationwide? Is it just a lack of media coverage like teh epidemic of fdeadly Lyme disease? 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 about no "documented" ie conclusively proven cases of direct transmission to humans. Lets hope that the next mention we see in teh news of CWD is more positive and announces declines in occurance or a way to otherwise contain or eliminate it!
When placing a trail camera don't just look for a well used trail. What you want to do is look for a freshly used trail off by itself that goes from a north facing ridge, thick forest, brushy knob or some other similar bedding area to a food source. Don't forget water sources. Especially in the summer months the deer need water so look for a good trail going down too a creek surrounded by thick cover and place the camera 100 yards up from the water source.
Scent control is very important...