17 06, 2021

5 Things To Know About CWD This Deer Season

2021-06-17T08:50:56-04:00June 17th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

As Chronic Wasting Disease spreads in some regions across the country, state CWD rules and regulations are constantly changing. Keep these things in mind this season: When to Test Your Deer More than 315 counties in 24 states, from Wyoming to Mississippi to upstate New York (new on the list this year) have reported CWD in free-ranging deer. Has the disease been detected near where you hunt? An excellent resource is the CWD map at cwd-info.org which lists all counties in all states where CWD has been confirmed. Check the map, and if you hunt in or near any region that has CWD you should have any deer you shoot tested. Each state’s hunting website has specific (if perhaps confusing) [...]

6 05, 2021

BREAKING: Minnesota Researchers Develop New Field Test For CWD

2021-05-06T14:56:57-04:00May 6th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

University of Minnesota researchers have discovered the first-ever way to field test deer for CWD, a potential game changer in the ongoing fight against the deer disease. The new test is cheaper than lab examinations currently in use to check for CWD, and more importantly, it uses field-deployable equipment to test tissue samples from deer and provide preliminary positive or negative results in 24 hours. Imagine this: Shoot a deer, drive to a test site and drop off a tissue sample. The same day or the next day you get a text saying if your deer tested positive (discard it) or negative (eat the meat) for CWD. I wrote about this exciting new development in-depth over at the Realtree website, [...]

19 04, 2021

Virginia Reports 20 New Deer Infected With CWD

2021-04-19T09:57:39-04:00April 19th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|2 Comments

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has announced the results of the 2020 – 2021 Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance efforts for two prominent Disease Management Areas, which encompass 11 counties in Virginia. DMA1 includes the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren; and DMA2 includes the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Loudoun, Madison, Page, Orange, and Rappahannock. Within the two DMAs, a total of 20 hunter-harvested whitetails were confirmed to be infected with CWD. Of the 20 CWD-positive deer, 13 originated in Frederick County, two originated in Shenandoah County, and one was harvested in each of Madison, Loudoun, Fauquier, Rappahannock, and Warren Counties. These CWD detections were a result of intensive sampling efforts that resulted in over 3,000 deer [...]

17 08, 2020

Chronic Wasting Disease 2020 Update

2020-08-17T16:35:45-04:00August 17th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science, Hunting News, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Chronic Wasting Disease 2020 Update

Here is a sampling of news from the National Deer Alliance’s (NDA) latest update on all things Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Click here to read the full report.   Kansas: In mid-July, the Kansas Department of Agriculture confirmed a case of CWD in a captive deer herd in Osage County. While CWD has been detected in wild deer populations in many western Kansas counties, this is the first documented positive case in eastern Kansas. Minnesota: The DNR announced a new process for hunters to get their deer tested for CWD. This year, testing will not be mandatory in an effort to mitigate the risk of spreading coronavirus during the pandemic. Last year, hunters in designated CWD zones were required to visit [...]

6 05, 2020

New Deer Scouting Scent: Active-Cam From Wildlife Research Center

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00May 6th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on New Deer Scouting Scent: Active-Cam From Wildlife Research Center

A couple of years ago my home state of Virginia banned the use of estrus doe and other attractant scents that contain natural deer urine. This even though many experts believe the risk of spreading Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a herd with urine-based scents is virtually zero. Last year, on top of that, Virginia restricted the use of minerals to attract deer, which has thrown a major monkey wrench in my scouting strategy. But laws are laws, so this summer and fall I’m going to try something different. Rather than refreshing the licks (some a decade old) on the farms I hunt with minerals, I’ll be using Active-Cam™ Scouting Scent from Wildlife Research Center. It’s a non-urine-based curiosity scent [...]

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