Do you test for CWD?
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Contributors to this thread:
Jaquomo 12-Oct-17
stick n string 12-Oct-17
bighorn 12-Oct-17
Buffalo1 12-Oct-17
Swampbuck 12-Oct-17
cnelk 12-Oct-17
Jaquomo 12-Oct-17
drycreek 12-Oct-17
cnelk 12-Oct-17
Grasshopper 12-Oct-17
Jaquomo 12-Oct-17
Iahunter 12-Oct-17
Deertick 12-Oct-17
Deertick 12-Oct-17
txhunter58 12-Oct-17
LBshooter 12-Oct-17
Bowriter 13-Oct-17
elk yinzer 13-Oct-17
Charlie Rehor 13-Oct-17
Jaquomo 13-Oct-17
elk yinzer 13-Oct-17
Jaquomo 13-Oct-17
Bowriter 13-Oct-17
cnelk 13-Oct-17
From: Jaquomo
12-Oct-17
Bowriter's thread got me wondering how many actually test every animal they shoot for CWD?

12-Oct-17
Never have

From: bighorn
12-Oct-17
I believe it's been around for ever. No humans ever contracted it. I don't worry about it.

From: Buffalo1
12-Oct-17
According to Bowriter it depends on animal position and shot distance.

From: Swampbuck
12-Oct-17
No, there hasn't been any CWD found in FL, yet.

From: cnelk
12-Oct-17
Only when it its mandatory

Like you Lou, Im sure Ive eaten plenty of CWD over the years. I think its made me a better elk hunter. Got me in tune with the 'true sounds' elk make

From: Jaquomo
12-Oct-17
Brad, considering where we live and hunt, there's little doubt statistically. If you see me drooling and wobbling around more than usual when I'm at your place, please call my wife to come pick me up.

;-)

From: drycreek
12-Oct-17
Not in my area .....yet. It's probably coming, but I might be dead before it gets here. You know, breathing ozone, using Thermacell, etc., etc.

From: cnelk
12-Oct-17
Lou, ask your wife if she wants you gutted and quartered before arriving

From: Grasshopper
12-Oct-17
The ground I own over by Rabbit Mountain has shown 1 in 4 deer test positive. It is a known hot spot. If I ever shot one there, I will test. I've got young kids, not going to risk their health.

I've been told by CPW senior biologists older bucks are more susceptible, perhaps because they have been exposed longer.

Had a hunting buddy out at my place who was sighting in his rifle 2 weeks ago. He watched a whopper buck for along time. The buck was falling over, acting odd. I called it in to the game warden, not sure if they found him yet. Might be coyote dung by now.

From: Jaquomo
12-Oct-17
Steve, I read a study where they theorized older bucks were more susceptible because of their exposure to multiple doe groups during the rut.

They also theorized that mature infected bucks were more susceptible to being shot by hunters because they lose all self-preservation instincts as the disease progresses.

From: Iahunter
12-Oct-17
We do.

I live with a vet who has done research on CWD and we have a kid-I have no choice in the matter and for good reason!

Plus, I hunt in the hot spot outside of Fort Collins. Not sure I would test if I was still a bachelor.

This year I will be testing my deer from Iowa and Missouri too.

But if others don't test I get that too.

PS.....Uncle Lou your meat is CWD free.

From: Deertick
12-Oct-17
Nope. I'm open to evidence that testing prevents me getting ill. But there isn't any.

From: Deertick
12-Oct-17
Nope. I'm open to evidence that testing prevents me getting ill. But there isn't any.

From: txhunter58
12-Oct-17
I will start testing my deer/elk from Colorado when they start diagnosing case in the area I hunt.

Also, currently, if you kill a deer or elk in Colorado, Texas forbids you from bringing back the head with the brain inside or the spinal cord.

I know of a couple of Texans who killed two nice bucks from northern Colorado last year. Both very nice mature bucks. Both were positive. When Colorado sent them the positive results, they refunded their tag price and told them not to eat it. I realize this was just CYA BS, but they are being cautious.

From: LBshooter
12-Oct-17
Illinois does it for free, just chop the head and drop it off. They call within a week or so and will even pick up the meat if it turns out to be positive.

From: Bowriter
13-Oct-17
This is the first year, that has been feasible here. I probably will participate "some". It involves quite a bit of time and travel, here. If they brought back the old check stations with TWRA folks working, I would let them test every one. That said, TN is supposed to be CWD free. I doubt it ever has been. For that reason, personally, I don't much care. If the deer appears sick, I aint eating it. If it appears healthy, I have no qualms.

From: elk yinzer
13-Oct-17
It's pretty safe to say it will be in my areas within 5 years. Closest confirmed case to where I hunt now is about 30 miles. When it creeps up near me I will absolutely start having the meat tested.

I feed it to my family, no way I am taking that chance. It's not "if" it jumps to humans, it's "when". And it is a brutal way to go.

13-Oct-17
In a tree right now let me think about it.

From: Jaquomo
13-Oct-17
Yinzer, if there was a confirmed case 30 miles from you, then it exists where you are. Bucks traveling during the rut spread it to the doe groups and it becomes like playing checkers.

From: elk yinzer
13-Oct-17
They (PGC) have a pretty robust testing program. Spread has been faster South (higher deer density and gentler topography) but has slowly crept North. Bucks aren't changing ranges by 30 miles for the rut in the East like they do out West. Maybe 5 miles in extreme cases. Yearling dispersal is another story but that is a bit different. Either way I know it'll be a few short years before I am getting them tested on some tracts.

From: Jaquomo
13-Oct-17
I would get them tested now if you're concerned. Whitetail bucks will travel five miles during the rut and infect a doe family. But then other bucks that visit that doe group travel in different directions, and so on. It's like the links on a chain.

It's a mysterious ailment. How it reached South Korea and Norway is the big mystery. There were a few whitetails released in Norway in the 1930's, but none since. So if it came from them, that blows the whole theory that it originated in the C.S.U. deer pens with mule deer in the '60s, and spread from there.

From: Bowriter
13-Oct-17
Yinzer-they can't test the meat, takes a brain slice and I have no idea how the wait is until you hear back.

As I said in another post, Jaquomo, if you have cervdiae, it is quire likely you have CWD and probably, always have had it.

From: cnelk
13-Oct-17
One of the issues with the 'tests' is that they are grant funded. Which means they are 'on again/off again' and the sample sizing isnt consistent or ongoing.

Im quite sure if we knew how much grocery store food we have eaten that contains bacteria/protozoa we wouldnt think twice about eating the wild game we harvest

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