Auditors Report Put BAH, Deer Farms On Hot seat

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Auditors Report Put BAH, Deer Farms On Hot seat

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This is eye opening. I would never have imagined this.

https://www.qdma.com/this-cwd-map-spell ... r-hunting/
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Wow! That map is really alarming.

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So far in the SE MN CWD zone 603 there are 3 deer that tested positive for CWD. All three came out of the same area CWD was most prevalent last year, mainly just east of Preston and North of Hwy 16.

If I remember right, he first three years testing for CDW in SE MN produced 11 deer in 2016, 9 in 2017 and 3 "so far" in 2018 with a lot of the gun seasons left to finish up this year! Its nice there "seems to be a downward trend" in CWD infected deer. However, DNR tracking studies of whitetail traveling show some whitetails can move as much as 50 miles in a limited number of those tagged deer. That is not good news, as all it takes is just one of those deer that traveled long distances to have CWD, and then we have a whole new area that the deer heard is infected, not good!

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The state needs to put a moratorium on deer farms. Clearly, that is where the problem originated. They are the ones responsible for the situation in zone 603.

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High Stick wrote:The state needs to put a moratorium on deer farms. Clearly, that is where the problem originated. They are the ones responsible for the situation in zone 603.
I would say, its more likely than not you are right. It would be easy to assume its the DNR fault for this situation, but its really (as usual) about the money and politicians allowing deer farms, and their continued operation. Remember, most of the time its the state that controls the state not citizens like one would think.

Good example: that is why we have had crappy trout stream work being forced on us for at least the last five years. The problem is most people do not know good from bad trout habitat work and automatically assume the state knows everything but its clear that is not the case in MANY SITUATIONS, UNFORTUNATELY! :(

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High Stick wrote:The state needs to put a moratorium on deer farms. Clearly, that is where the problem originated. They are the ones responsible for the situation in zone 603.
I agree 100%. A blanket ban on deer feeding should also be implemented statewide. Extremely liberal bag limits and extended seasons should also be enacted to knock down the deer population to a very low level in an around the affected counties for a few years in order to knock down CWD. Deer numbers tend to recover very quickly once the pressure is off.

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Cutthroat wrote:
High Stick wrote:The state needs to put a moratorium on deer farms. Clearly, that is where the problem originated. They are the ones responsible for the situation in zone 603.
I agree 100%. A blanket ban on deer feeding should also be implemented statewide. Extremely liberal bag limits and extended seasons should also be enacted to knock down the deer population to a very low level in an around the affected counties for a few years in order to knock down CWD. Deer numbers tend to recover very quickly once the pressure is off.
All of your suggestions are right on the money.

Please, keep in mind in the CWD zones there are already liberal bag limits established. For example in CWD zone 603 you can kill as many does and fawns as you want as long as you buy the CWD bonus tags which are 2.50 each.

The problem is most hunters do not want to kill or deal with harvesting more than one or two deer at most. There is also more work to registering and having deer tested for CWD if you deer hunt in CWD zones. What this means is many hunters are not willing to shoot the deer population down enough that it might help stop the spread of CWD!

The other problem is DNR deer movement studies which they implemented to see how easy it is for CWD to spread is not showing good news. Based on the results of their study deer are moving much further annually than they expected. That is not good news as shows CWD can spread far and wide rather quickly. This has already proven to be the case, as the DNR has already found a number deer with CWD in a new area outside of the 603 zone just this year.

Check out this link to read about the DNR movement study. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/cwd/deer-mo ... study.html

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