Wow! 326 positive cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin! I would say they are definitely "infected". I don't know what their policies are concerning it, or what actions they are taking to try to control its spread, but I'm sure that neighboring states are interested.
I know that Michigan is probably going to lift the ban on baiting that has been in place for three years since discovering 1 case of CWD in the summer of 2008. No further cases have turned up since, and the talk among wildlife experts is that the practice may be reinstated for the 2011 season. Public meetings and letters from many in the public sector definitely favor the idea of lifting the ban on baiting, which is thought to encourage the spread of the disease.
Michigan's policy on CWD is that if it is found in any of its own counties or the county of another state within 10 miles of Michigan's border, steps will be taken to try to control the disease. Wisconsin borders Michigan, but apparently none of the Dairy State's infected areas are that close to Michigan.
WOW ! That's a lot and seems to be mostly in the northern part of the state. The sad thing is that those numbers are only documented cases. Who knows how many just wondered off and died undetected. Sure hope they can find a preventative and soon.
If you want to properly preserve velvet antlers, you will have to inject & brush them with formaldehyde or some of the new less toxic chemicals (4 in 1 solution works great as does Knobloch's antler in velvet tan) as its easier to use however, both will work.
First, using rubber gloves take a razor blade and make small incisions at the tips of all points about 1/8". Next hang the antlers upside down, allowing the blood to drain. Starting at the bases inject the solution into the...