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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-21-2011, 05:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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VT F&W Urges Hunters to Help Keep Deer Healthy

VT F&W Urges Hunters to Help Keep Deer Healthy

WATERBURY, VT – The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is asking hunters to help protect Vermont deer and moose by avoiding the use of urine-based attractant scents.

The infectious agent of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a fatal disease of deer, is a mutant protein or “prion” that research has shown can be passed in urine. This mutant protein can bind to soils and remain infectious for many years. Some captive deer facilities producing urine products for hunting have not complied with mandatory disease prevention and monitoring regulations. The products they are producing may, as a result, be capable of transmitting diseases such as CWD. Saskatchewan has banned the use of deer urine and nine states are considering a similar regulation.

CWD is fatal to deer and moose and has been impossible to eliminate once it has been fully established in a population. CWD has not been detected in Vermont after several years of testing brain tissue samples from dead deer.

“If CWD is ever detected in Vermont, local deer numbers would have to be greatly reduced to remove the disease before it becomes established,” said Vermont Director of Wildlife Mark Scott. “This reduction would have to be done for at least five years.”

More information about Chronic Wasting Disease can be found in the Big Game Management Plan, on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s website, and at Chronic Wasting Disease.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-27-2011, 12:37 AM
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TX Dept of Parks & Wildlife have been checking for CWD the past few years. They check when we bring deer in for processing by taking "brain samples" for lack of better terminology.

I have not used deer urine products in the past and this posting will certainly make me think twice before trying to use them in the future.

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I have personally stopped using bottled urines, I figured it's the least I can do as an individual to help out.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-29-2011, 12:40 PM
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Alot of research has shown that deer densities that are above carry capacity develop CWD. It is thought by many to be a natural means of nature that controls a herd. I haven't heard about CWD being spread through urine based scents but it does make sense. As of right now though I definitely say that allowing high-fencing operations, baiting, and low harvest numbers are the biggest reason for the spread of these diseases. I HIGHLY urge anyone who baits in large piles to try and make smaller ones or broadcast the bait over a larger area. If you look at state with more cases of CWD it is low food supply areas in states that allow baiting.

I will do some checking on where my urine based scents come from and what measures they are taking to keep the facilities clean. The last thing I want is for CWD to hit in TN
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