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If CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) is in your hunting area, do you eat the deer/elk before having it tested? Will you stop hunting if the risk of eating an infected deer/elk is death? Thanks in advance!

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  • If CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) is in your hunting area, do you eat the deer/elk before having it tested? Will you stop hunting if the risk of eating an infected deer/elk is death? Thanks in advance!

    If CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) is in your hunting area, do you eat the deer/elk before having it tested? Will you stop hunting if the risk of eating an infected deer/elk is death? Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    No. Where I hunt in Wyoming and Wisconsin are known CWD areas. Don't shoot the ones that look sickly. Beyond that I'm not concerned.

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    • #3
      My area has been a known area recently and I have never been afraid to eat a healthy looking deer.

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      • #4
        I agree with DSM and JM. I'd say just don't shoot any sick acting ones, wear rubber gloves and stay clear of the brain and spinal cord while field dressing and butchering. Right now, there is no proof that humans can carry CWD and as long as we take precautions, I'm not too worried about us. It has been found in Iowa now though so I am worried about the deer.

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        • #5
          My area in Iowa is CWD-free for now (as far as anyone knows), but it has been reported about 40 miles away, so it'll probably get here eventually. As far as health officials know, humans cannot get CWD even if they ate an infected deer, so unless that changes, I would not hesitate to eat a healthy-looking animal from an area with CWD. I would not eat a sick animal from any area, regardless of whether CWD was present or not - that's just common sense.
          In the hypothetical scenario that humans did eventually contract CWD from eating an afflicted deer, I don't think I would stop hunting. I just wouldn't eat any of the meat until I got the test results back.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the answers. Sorry for the triple post. I don't know why it posted my question 3 times.

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            • #7
              It's a great question, but here's the deal: There's no evidence that a CWD-positive deer can transmit the disease to humans. That's the first thing to know. The second is that I'm with @huntfishtrap. If I killed an animal from a CWD-positive zone, I'd butcher the meat as normal and wait until I heard back from authorities before eating it. If it's positive? I probably wouldn't eat it, at least not any ground meat or other cuts that have lymphatic tissue or other glandular tissue. But I'd keep hunting as normal.
              - Andrew McKean

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              • #8
                I do not hunt CWD areas and of course would not shoot a sick looking deer.

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                • #9
                  Why is everyone saying "don't shoot" the sickly ones? If you want to rid the population of this disease then do shoot and don't eat. Am I wrong? I just started hunting a new property and just got this picture. I am bummed.
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