12 09, 2019

2019 EHD Report: Confirmed Deer Deaths In At Least 5 States

2019-10-17T10:19:37-04:00September 12th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|Comments Off on 2019 EHD Report: Confirmed Deer Deaths In At Least 5 States

It’s been dry and hot for weeks in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, prime conditions for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) to rear its ugly head and kill whitetails. The first state to confirm EHD in August 2019 was Indiana, where deer deaths have been reported in at least 10 counties in the southern part of the state. The Iowa DNR initially reported an outbreak of the disease concentrated near Warren County. In a more recent update, authorities report hundreds of deer have died after contracting EHD in the south-central section of the state. As many as 900 deer have died, and there could be more dead deer hidden among farmers’ crops. The West Virginia DNR confirms EHD has killed deer in [...]

9 09, 2019

New CWD Laws For Transporting Deer In 2019 Hunting Season

2019-10-17T10:15:40-04:00September 9th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|Comments Off on New CWD Laws For Transporting Deer In 2019 Hunting Season

As I have said many times here on the blog and on TV, the days of shooting a buck, loading it whole into your pickup and driving home across a state line are gone. Likewise, shooting a buck out West or up in Canada and driving or flying home with a cape with head/skull attached is a thing of the past. The threat and spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has forever changed how we go about getting our deer out of the woods and back to the house. Before you go hunting this season, it is vitally important that you read this, go to your state’s website and double-check for specific information and then follow deer-transport rules to the [...]

21 08, 2019

New CWD Test For Deer Urine

2019-10-17T10:05:06-04:00August 21st, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Science|Comments Off on New CWD Test For Deer Urine

Wildlife Research Center and Tink’s have partnered with CWD Evolution to fund a study on a testing protocol known as RT-QuIC, which is designed to examine deer urine for CWD contamination. This will allow manufacturers of deer and elk scents to test and verify that no CWD is detected in the urine used in their products. According to Phil Robinson of Tink’s, “We sought out the most recognized authorities regarding CWD transmission via urine to get their opinion. We are 100% confident that our products pose no risk of spreading CWD. This test is just a confirmation of that fact.” “Our industry is committed to the health of wild cervids and the sport of hunting,” adds Sam Burgeson of Wildlife [...]

15 08, 2019

Virginia To Hold Public Meeting On CWD–All States Should Do The Same

2019-10-17T10:00:06-04:00August 15th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|Comments Off on Virginia To Hold Public Meeting On CWD–All States Should Do The Same

Throughout the summer of 2019 the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has hosted workshops on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in West Tennessee counties where the disease has been documented. Experts from the TWRA and University of Tennessee have been on hand to answer all the complex and confusing questions hunters are sure have, such as: What exactly is CWD? How can it impact my hunting? I hunt the next county over from where CWD has been found, should I be worried? Can I carry a buck carcass home I shot in another county? Can I use deer urine? Can I eat the meat from a buck I shot in a CWD area? Is deer meat possibly contaminated—can it hurt my [...]

13 08, 2019

The Debate Over Deer Urine

2019-10-17T09:57:44-04:00August 13th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, Hunting News|Comments Off on The Debate Over Deer Urine

Earlier this summer South Carolina became the 9th state to ban the use of urine-based scents for deer hunting. In a press release, the South Carolina DNR said in part: “the department is following the lead of other states in proactively prohibiting the use of (urine) in order to minimize the potential for CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) introduction into South Carolina.” In response to this and other state bans on urine-based scents, two major scent companies—Wildlife Research Center and Tink’s, have issued this response: The argument made by rule makers to ban these products is that they unnaturally congregate deer like bait or feed, thereby increasing interaction between animals and possibly increasing the spread of disease. While a scent set-up [...]