This is a pretty scholarly article with a lot of big words that I am not familiar with. I did a quick research on "prion" and I guess they are the agents which can cause certain diseases (including CWD) if they are in a "misfolded form" - not formed in a normal way.
I'm thinking that one of the reasons for the presence of clay being a contributing factor is that clay particles are very small compared with sand particles. Consequently, they pack together more tightly and reduce the ability of the soil to drain well enough for these nasty "prions" to leach away as they might in more sandy soil. When animals such as deer eat this soil in the normal process of browsing on forbes and grasses, they ingest the prions and become infected.
OK - I think I'm a little smarter now. Thanks for the report.
Thanks for the translation and summary. Makes it much easier to understand that way. I do have interest in this subject now but it's hard to understand some of the technical stuff that gets posted on it.
How many times have you wished for a better view across a clear cut, an agriculture field or down a powerline?
Ever wanted to get a little higher to try to get above a deer’s nose?
Have you ever wanted a taller stand because… well… just because?
Here is an example of a stand I made a few years ago and it has some very real advantages and a few disadvantages.
commanding view from the stand
able to accommodate two hunters, perfect for parent / child hunts
hunters are well...