CWD found in Oneida co Wis.
It's definitely not helping the deer herds. Depending on which source you want to trust more (Wyoming DNR, or Colorado) CWD could be killing off 19% to 25% of the deer herds annually. Those states had CWD significantly earlier, so maybe they are at disease saturation, and seeing more mortality due to the amount of the disease in the environment.
Everything I have ever read that is dire is from the vegetarian/vegan crowd. Everything I have ever read that was all forget about the boggy man is from deer farms.
We'll never know unless the CDC does something; the states seem incapable.
The DNR insists that the deer are clean and disease free, yet game farms seem to spread the disease.
If the disease is in the soil of game farms, bringing in disease free deer will only result in more deer being exposed to the disease.
The game farms need to become extinct.
If your not hunting at the bedroom door your not going to kill a big one early with bait. I wouldn't say I am hunting or have cameras in the "thick" stuff though. The whole general area I hunt is all thick stuff for the most part. I try to find openings to hunt that are close to areas I think the bigger deer will want to bed in. If I bump a deer and he moves a half mile then I will move a half mile after him. I can go about 6 miles in any direction without hitting private land so I hunt the deer where the deer wants to live.
I got burned bad this year by sharing trailcam photos of public land deer. So I don't share pictures of deer that are still alive anymore. Here are a few I know didn't make it.
CWD is a stand alone issue. It has been an issue in the western states for 20 plus years and has not wiped out the elk and deer herds. I still cannot find one verified example of CWD found in a human. The CWD prion is found in the soil, in bedding, and other deer frequented areas. CWD is also through transmitted through deer interaction. If the state was really concerned about CWD it would direct its attention on the one area where something could be done. Deer Farms. Double fencing for example.
Baiting is also a stand alone issue. It is either legal statewide or banned statewide. I personally don't care either way, but WDNR and State Legislature quit clouding it by tying it into CWD and make a decision.