Hunting in a CWD world

Jcalder

Well-Known Member
Supporter
Joined
Sep 18, 2012
Messages
5,879
Location
Cookeville
Not true for our area. We aren’t killing the same number of mature bucks (ie. 4.5 or older). You can still kill 3.5 year olds, even with CWD, there are a fair number of those bucks. But, the older bucks are far far fewer in number. With the infection rate at 50% for bucks, half won’t live to maturity. We have picked up many more dead heads this fall than I’ve ever seen. This is all anecdotal evidence but it’s very real to me.
The difference is twra wants y’all to kill every deer you see, severely impacting the age structure. Outside of that, the areas that have had CWD for decades and the area in Tn aren’t gonna have that much difference in infection rate and survival rate either. Those dead heads could have died from anything. Considering it takes years to actually kill an animal, most deer will die from something else other than CWD. I’m not ignorant enough to think that some won’t die because of it, but I’m also not ignorant enough to think the herd size dropped that much in 2-3 seasons because these deer have become infected. What percentage of deer checked are actually positive? What percentage of deer checked in are actually sent off to be checked for CWD? The sky is not falling in. It’s something we will all have to live with eventually but deer hunting is not over and can still be fun and you can still kill mature deer!
 

fairchaser

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2011
Messages
7,199
Location
TN, USA
All our harvested deer, 100% have been tested for the last three years. We know exactly what the infection rate is on 18000 acres. The size of the herd size has not been affected that much. As you say, the deer will reproduce. The herd will survive CWD. Individual deer who catch CWD do not survive. Our infection rate is 50-60% for bucks and 25-30% for does. The infection rate for does could be lower because there is no preference for age in the harvest as there are for bucks. Essentially you have a large percentage of the deer herd with a much shorter life span than they would have otherwise. The dead heads are anecdotal but they do pile up. CWD is not the end of deer hunting. It just makes it less attractive than it once was.
 

timberjack86

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 20, 2011
Messages
10,100
Location
Polk County
Not true for our area. We aren’t killing the same number of mature bucks (ie. 4.5 or older). You can still kill 3.5 year olds, even with CWD, there are a fair number of those bucks. But, the older bucks are far far fewer in number. With the infection rate at 50% for bucks, half won’t live to maturity. We have picked up many more dead heads this fall than I’ve ever seen. This is all anecdotal evidence but it’s very real to me.
Y'all are killing them all, just to test them!
 

Realtree56

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 29, 2014
Messages
172
Location
Greenback TN
How long does it typically take to get results? I’m in East Tn but hunt in Henderson county some, my game plan for now is debone them out there (pretty much did that anyway except the shoulders) freeze it when I get home and wait on a negative test before grinding or consuming any of it.
 

fairchaser

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2011
Messages
7,199
Location
TN, USA
How long does it typically take to get results? I’m in East Tn but hunt in Henderson county some, my game plan for now is debone them out there (pretty much did that anyway except the shoulders) freeze it when I get home and wait on a negative test before grinding or consuming any of it.
Depends on when they pick it up and where they send it. The quickest is 5-6 days up to two weeks. The good news is they can test it here now and they don’t have to send it off to Colorado.
 

Andy S.

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 26, 1999
Messages
21,249
Location
Atoka, TN
Buddy in unit CWD just got results back from a 2.5 year old doe he killed last Wednesday. One week turn around. She was positive for CWD, but sort of expected because she was at ground zero.
 

Headhunter

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 14, 2000
Messages
6,110
Location
Tennessee
I’ll continue to listen to those in states with 15+ years of CWD.

They’ve all told me the sky isn’t in fact falling and after they realized that it’s been just fine

The TWRA will eventually get there but they are still in panic mode.
Best reply I have seen about CWD. Seems like the TWRA would have already figured this out.
 

Omega

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 16, 2018
Messages
2,823
Location
Clarksville, TN
Less deer are being killed now than before CWD was present. Probably different reasons for the downturn in harvest. But for those that say TWRA is decimating the herd in CWD zones better check the stats.
Its probably more to do with hunters going elsewhere than anything else, especially out of state or out of area hunters that don't want to risk not getting to keep their harvest.
 

easy45

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 6, 2007
Messages
36,037
Location
Chester County
Luckily nothing has changed about my routine except waiting for the test results. I killed a doe on our place by Ames earlier in the season. Lucky for me she was negative.
 

Omega

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 16, 2018
Messages
2,823
Location
Clarksville, TN
Luckily nothing has changed about my routine except waiting for the test results. I killed a doe on our place by Ames earlier in the season. Lucky for me she was negative.
You being in the zone, would you travel out of it if you had elsewhere to go? Or are you traveling to the zone to hunt?
 

Omega

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 16, 2018
Messages
2,823
Location
Clarksville, TN
Yea I would probably go out of it but I wouldn’t give my farms up in the zone, they still produce. I live in it also though.
I kind of figured that was the deal. I am in Montgomery County, Unit L, and if/when it gets here I don't see myself hunting elsewhere. I don't have an issue with CWD venison, it's probably safer than these so called vaccines, but will follow protocol when I have to.
 

Wolverine72

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 24, 2015
Messages
94
So far, I've submitted 2 deer for testing.
Sept 26th and October 2nd.
Still waiting for results on each deer? Anybody else experiencing this kind of wait?

Deer submitted for testing in Wilson county/ cedars of lebanon
 

fairchaser

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2011
Messages
7,199
Location
TN, USA
So far, I've submitted 2 deer for testing.
Sept 26th and October 2nd.
Still waiting for results on each deer? Anybody else experiencing this kind of wait?

Deer submitted for testing in Wilson county/ cedars of lebanon
Have you looked on the website for results? That’s a long time to wait. No news maybe good news.
 

Trophy of the moment

  • Trophy by Shaun Arnold
    these two does came in together and i laid em down with the pse
    • Shaun Arnold
    • Updated:

Latest posts

Top