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  • For Those in CWD Areas

     Madelyn updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Madelyn

    December 14, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    My main hunting area got flagged as a Chronic Wasting Disease area. For those of you in these areas how do you deal with it? The Game Commission said we can have our deer tested by dropping the heads in these pickup locations. But it takes 2-3 months time to get the results back.

    How do you deal with the deer in the meantime? Nobody is clear on whether you can eat these things or not. Some say you can eat the meat and that you should just avoid the organs and brain (which I do anyways). Others say just don’t shoot a deer that looks like it has it. I’ve seen them before and it’s pretty obvious, but the Game Commission makes it seem like some can still have it and not be blatantly obvious (visibility wise).

    It becomes more difficult if you don;t have anywhere to process your deer yourself. Can;t exactly hang a deer in my apartment haha so I typically get it processed. But I don;t want to pay to have it processed and then wait 3 months only to find out I cant eat it.


    Just curious how everyone else deals with it. Thanks

  • _bring-the-noise-458

    December 14, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    There has never been a documented jump to humans. Shoot then eat is how I handle it.
    I also do shoot deer that shake like MJF. Maybe I catch Alzheimer’s when I’m 85 I don’t know but I’m just going to live my life for now.

  • EllieTheChubb

    December 14, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    CWD has not made the jump to humans but there are other sorts of prion related diseases that can effect humans so it is possible that someday a mutation of cwd could make the jump to humans but its very very unlikely. The CDC says dont eat anything from a deer with CWD but 1000s of people eat it every year with no ill effect.

    Its important to get it tested to further the research even if it dosent alter your eating habits and even more important to properly dispose of all deer carcasses to limit its spread. Dont just pitch it in the woods.

    As far as not shooting deer that show symptoms. CWD has a 16mo. Incubation and can take two years before an animal shows symptoms. they die pretty quickly there after. So most deer with CWD look totally healthy.

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