Virginia to tighten rules on feeding deer corn, minerals due to CWD

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Old Mossy Horns
The proposal is to prohibit the feeding of cervids in any county designated by the Department within 25 miles of a confirmed detection of Chronic Wasting Disease.
Because CWD transmission can be enhanced when deer are concentrated at artificial feeding sites, it is critical to prevent the placement of food, minerals, or salt in an expansive area surrounding an area known to be infected with the disease. Juvenile dispersal is an important mechanism for disease transmission between individuals and populations.
https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/regulations/proposed-regulation-amendment/?vac=15-40-285
 

Buxndiverdux

Old Mossy Horns
I've been thinking about this whole CWD deal. If it is a known fear, and you believe it can be a problem in the future, then why is NC reducing the deer harvest on purpose? They cut the 4 buck tags, to 2 and they cut the Doe tags. Seems like they would want to keep deer numbers well below carrying capacity if the threat of CWD is real. But the harvest objectives act like CWD doesn't exist? Which it currently doesn't exist in NC.
 

oldest school

Old Mossy Horns
what is the over/under on when nc stops baiting due to cwd?
very interested in our professional or degreed wildlife folk's opinion.
 

red neck richie

Six Pointer
what is the over/under on when nc stops baiting due to cwd?
very interested in our professional or degreed wildlife folk's opinion.
There is a plan in place. Most states have a CWD plan in place where as once there is a confirmed case they ban baiting within a certain mileage of the confirmed case. Often the county as well as surrounding counties. This is merely an attempt to stop the congregation of deer in order to try and slow down the spreading. It is not likely that the whole state is affected or infected.
 

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Old Mossy Horns
Arkansas allows baiting where CWD has been found there because, like NC, Arkansas deer hunters are heavily dependent on bait to kill deer/
 

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Old Mossy Horns
NC could go either way.

I would not be shocked if they followed Arkansas because NC deer hunters are very dependent on corn to kill deer

That said I think the WRC will do what it will regardless of hunter blacklash
 
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