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CWD in Wisconsin

11/2/19 @ 6:59 AM
User since 2/16/17

Why is everything with the DNR and some members of the public in regards to CWD a crisis and sky is falling scenario? CWD has been around since the 1960s out west. It was discovered in Wisconsin over 10 years ago. It was going to wipe out the deer herd and the economy.  Be a threat to deer hunting as we have known it. The DNR tried to eradicate the deer herd around Mt Horeb and other places where CWD was prevalent but to no avail. If CWD is such a threat to wipe out the deer population,  how come the deer population is higher than ever near Mt Horeb and other areas where is prevalent? Lot of people claim the past approach on CWD as not being aggressive enough. What do people want done ? Killing more deer or eradicating has not been the solution or showed any effect. People screaming we have to do something an acting on pure emotion and not logic is not the answer.  To date I don't think anything scientifically has been proven to be the answer.  Why keep killing or over harvesting does in many areas because they might have CWD? If the deer is unnecessarily killed by a hunter or dies if CWD it is dead either way. Amazing how the DNR is influencing the CDACS in many areas to issue doe tags in many areas when not needed especially in the northern third of the state where in many areas the deer population is low due to over harvest of does in the past using a flawed SAK population formula for many years by DNR.  Since CWD is much more prevalent in older bucks if anything dnr should encourage shooting of bucks not does. I am not buying the deer herd has recovered up north in 2-3 years cause it hasn't.  The DNR and others are using CWD as an excuse to kill more deer and possibly sell more doe tags that aren't needed keeping the deer population numbers at or near 30 year lows in areas up north.  Reading a recent article in Wisconsin Outdoor News quoting Bob Nack of DNR. States we are losing deer hunters.  Hunters aren't happy.  They aren't seeing  deer.  Getting out of the sport. Do you blame them. Memo to Bob Nack and Kevin Wallenfang of the DNR, if you want to sell more licenses and keep people in the sport and bring new people in, increase the deer population in many areas. It isn't rocket science,  a lot of hunters are not happy.  I wish the DNR would stop posting all these bogus pr deer forecasts saying deer hunting will be great all over the state when it isn't.  Deer hunters would have a lot more respect for the DNR if their reports were accurate and hunters don't have false expectations.  Back to CWD.  What do people want done in regards to CWD when nothing has proven to work. ? I think testing if hunters want to know status of deer they shot and good disposal of carcasses are the only things to be done now in addition to banning baiting statewide permanently period. What do others think?

12/11/19 @ 11:36 PM
User since 2/16/17


Dnr was working hard at getting what answers? They were getting no answers and just throwing darts to see what may stick. Let's try eradication that didn't do anything. Then let's try issuing a tons of doe tags statewide that didn't work. To blame dr kroll and Walker and say valuable time was wasted is rediculous.  What did you want dr kroll and Walker to do come up with a magic cure for cwd. This shows how people act on emotion and have no clue, that you cant do much or anything to stop cwd so stop throwing darts at a dart board that is doing absolutely no good. I have been to cdac meetings and spring hearings when people come in and say you have to do something to stop this cwd. Ok what do you want done?do more eradicating that has failed issue more doe tags that has failed.  Nothing has really been proven to really have an effect on preventing cwd from spreading, becoming less widespread or contained.  Yet people are blaming kroll or Walker.Really? It shows how people don't know the history of cwd or deer management in this state. The only thing the dnr has done is killed a lot of healthy deer by over harvesting does making deer populations extremely low in many areas and having no effect on cwd. That's not krolls or Walkers fault in fact I believe kroll told them it wouldn't do anything to cwd as others did as well.

12/11/19 @ 8:33 AM
Swamp buck
User since 1/23/09

The way I remember it was CWD found in 2002 and the DNR implemented an eradication plan around the epicenter to try and contain the spread. This was quickly opposed by the hunting public as they didn't want all their deer shot. Once that opposition occurred the DNR was quickly out of ideas on what to do as are many wildlife agency's. This ain't Walkers fault  

12/10/19 @ 7:19 PM
User since 6/24/01

DNR was working hard when the first CWD problem was discovered. They had science based data that they accumulated and were working to try and find some  type of answers. The 2010 came around we voted in Scott Walker and his group of so called leaders they took all the data that had been collected and ignored it debunked it and hired an over paid Deer Czar who managed deer herds in fenced to hunt areas of texas. After 8 years of this wonderful leadership we are now able to start over with all valuable time and data wasted.

12/9/19 @ 8:20 PM
User since 12/14/14

You got it huntfishdoug, that is why its prevalent in bucks. Never going away so live with it. Just remember no tests are 100% so there is always going to be the risk, probably another reason of hunter decline. Reading some earlier posts it looks like it may have transferred to humans (Mad Man Disease) just kidding.

12/9/19 @ 4:48 PM
User since 11/17/10

Here is how the deer are spreading  cwd.  Lol

11/29/19 @ 2:37 AM
User since 7/3/01

In Adams County, access to deer is a huge problem.  It is a problem for hunters who want to harvest game.  It is a problem for CDAC's who manage deer populations.  

11/27/19 @ 2:35 PM
User since 12/14/12

Kona good comments, couple of things I would like to see more data on.

Concerning Iowa county prevalence rate of 25-30% positive on deer tested.  How many deer actually die due to CWD?  What has its impact been on the herds overall average age? Has average lifespan changed.

11/27/19 @ 1:28 PM
User since 12/20/12

Well stated Kona.

11/27/19 @ 12:24 PM
User since 6/20/13

Getting back to the original CWD topic we do have all our deer tested. The guys I hunt with are all over the state ( NE, SE, and SW-Wisc).. We do most of our own deer processing and sausage/brat making but do take some meat in to commercial places and are not really that concerned about potentially eating CWD meat. We mainly test the deer as our part to give the DNR more data on where CWD is in the state.

My main concern with CWD is that it has had a negative impact in certain states ( data has been posted on this already).. I also understand that an infected CWD deer will die (does anyone have disputing data on this??). I believe Iowa County is now up to a 25%-30% CWD level on deer tested.. Yes, there are lot of deer in the area and I get that argument, but that may not always be the case.. Agree that CWD is almost impossible to control with baiting bans, carcass laws etc but I would like to see WI (and other states) continue to do more research to better understand CWD and possible ramifications.  

As far as deer numbers in the state that discussion is driven by numerous factors depending on location. Agreed that the DNR gave away too many tags for several years in parts of the state and yes we have too many predators up North.. Of course no one forced guys to shoot 2-3 does those years with liberal tags up North. I would argue that in many Southern Cty's that access to land is the biggest issue. Way too many deer on lands that can no longer be hunted and public lands get over harvested. That is an impossible scenario for the DNR or CDAC's to address/control.


11/27/19 @ 12:01 PM
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