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Missouri and CWD mitigation

susiesusie Member Posts: 7,304 ✭✭✭✭

I'll need to keep a closer eye on my mail to check for anything from MDC.

Not even sure if there have been any deer tagged in the area who carry CWD.


  • grdad45grdad45 Member Posts: 5,286 ✭✭✭✭

    The prion is passed through saliva and several other ways. Stopping it will be a monumental undertaking.

  • kannoneerkannoneer Member Posts: 3,346 ✭✭✭✭

    Here in Iowa we had deer die from a disease caused by insect (midge) bites. We found 3 dead deer in three weeks near our pond back in August/September. Seems like whenever animals get too thick a disease will thin the herd.

  • MobuckMobuck Member Posts: 13,685 ✭✭✭✭

    ^^That is most likely EHD or blue tongue.

    Southern Iowa is becoming infected with CWD at an alarming rate--FYI. I heard that a late centerfire rifle season will be expanded to the second tier of counties north of MO/IA border.

    Susie: The primary area affected by CWD is the northern third to half of MO.

    I've not heard of any positive tests in my area but 2 cases not far from Son's farm 12 miles away. Details of the CWD control measures are available on MDC website. As I understand, the landowners within 1 mile of the CWD positive will be contacted with specific info as to if or how MDC intends to handle the 'removals'. If additional 'positives' are found, then more extensive measures may be implemented. What I don't know is what happens if the landowner(s) refuse to give permission for MDC 'removals'. It will be interesting to see if MDC is required to obtain a 'warrant' to enter and kill deer if landowner permission is not given.

    Based on last year's lack of success by MDC's removal program, I'm not at all sure any progress was or will be made.

    FWIW, I know a LOT about how/when/where the CWD epizootic began as I watched it unfold 20 years ago.😪

  • susiesusie Member Posts: 7,304 ✭✭✭✭

    Reading the article, notified landowners will be given a 2 month window on their land to take deer and MDC will take the kills, test for CWD, grind the meat and return to the landowner once testing is complete. If landowners don't want the meat it will be donated.

  • waltermoewaltermoe Member Posts: 1,780 ✭✭✭✭

    To eat the meat is safe. The disease is in the bone marrow. I only read of one person that ever contracted the disease. Now that being said, I don’t eat animals that appear to show signs peculiar in nature. There was one deer around here two years ago that was badly infected with Cutaneous/ deer warts, that is the papilloma virus. It had pustules the size of grapefruits all over it. Everyone around here agreed that we would just shoot it to keep it from infecting other deer.

  • BobJudyBobJudy Member Posts: 6,411 ✭✭✭✭

    It may be darn near impossible to stop it. Prions are damn near indestructible and even burning the carcasses doesn't destroy prions. Michigan has had deer feeding bans/regulations in place for quite some time to prevent the saliva transmission, but a lot of "sportsmen" ignore those regs and sooner or later we will have a massive outbreak. Then those "sportsmen" will be blaming everybody but themselves. Bob

    P.S. Thanks, @grdad45! I haven't had a good rant in weeks!😁

  • William81William81 Member Posts: 24,516 ✭✭✭✭

    We have been watching for it in our area. The place where I get my deer processed has signs saying NO deer from CWD counties.

  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 13,185 ******

    Here in northern lower Michigan, you can still buy deer bait just about everywhere! The last deer I had to track down near my place, I must have passed over at least 3 bait piles within 1\4 mile of my property line! The laws that have been in place have not been enforced at all IMHO!

  • MobuckMobuck Member Posts: 13,685 ✭✭✭✭

    MO set out regulations pertaining to 'baiting' and using salt/mineral 'bait'. That's just a publicity move. Little to no enforcement and no real help since every livestock operation has salt/mineral feeders in every pasture.

    I asked a non-resident landowner for permission to hunt a stand he only uses a few days at the beginning of deer season. He gave the OK so I went to check it out and found not one but TWO very obvious mineral baits within sight of the blind. NOPE, not getting into that potential mess. Went to another non-resident hunter's blind(with permission) and found the same thing.

    Since these guys are my neighbors, I can't report them since I'm the only one other than themselves who's been to their property. Basically, 'no baiting regs' are unenforceable and so are a waste of paper.

  • Okie743Okie743 Member Posts: 2,563 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 9
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