Thanks for another CWD related post and link. Yet again, the difficulties with understanding this disease are highlighted with appropriate warnings for hunters. As is stated in the press release, there is not yet confirmed transmission from wildlife to human, but then the disease is not well understood at an infection level so it could be extremely hard to make any conclusive connections for transmission.
I don't it's fair to compare Brucellosis to CWD though. Prions are not viruses or bacteria and to assume a CWD epidemic is waiting to happen in the Tetons or Yellowstone (or both) is a bit of a stretch. Could it happen, maybe. But to call it a wildlife disaster waiting to happen seems a bit overstated. CWD is here to stay in many areas and wildlife managers are still learning how to keep it at relatively low rates of infection and death in elk, deer and moose herds. I haven't seen any data to support comparing it with Brucellosis. I haven't looked for this data either though, so please post it if it's out there. Could be I'm just under-informed on the CWD problem.
I have a system I use in Whitetail hunting during the rut that seems to work for me. When I make a mock scrape in the area I wish to hunt I will place a couple of 35mm
film canisters (film removed of course) in the scrape after I have cleared out all leaves and other debris. The film canisters are filled with cotton balls and saturated with doe in heat urine. This keeps the urine from soaking in the ground and can be refreshed on each trip if needed. I will also use the tarsal gland of the buck...