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CWD update By: Nick Buseman, Grundy County Conservation Operation Supervisor

February 27, 2020
Reinbeck Courier
Looking back at the 2019/20 deer season many have different memories from the past season. For me it was a struggle; many hours spent in the field, with only meat to show for it. Another year done without a trophy. I had my chances but none came to fruition. To many, it was a great year with much success. But looking into the future there are some real concerns for every deer hunter out there. Many of you may have heard the latest CWD report from the Iowa DNR, and it is showing some progression of the disease. I believe it is what the professionals had expected, but still concerning. The DNR had collected and tested over 7000 samples this fall from harvested and road killed deer throughout the state. Resulting in 43 new positive results. In Iowa we now have 8 counties that have had positive deer tested from the wild deer herd. Those counties are Woodbury, Clayton, Winneshiek. Fayette, Decatur, Allamakee, Wayne, and Dubuque. So far this disease is on our East, West, and South borders, and is progressing. Here in Grundy County, I feel we are pretty safe from the disease for many years, but there is no guarantee. I personally know several hunters that travel to these parts of the state to hunt each fall and winter. So, if you are one of those hunters this a real problem for you. Not only can it limit your hunting success in the future, but puts you in real doubt if you should be consuming these animals. My advice is to have your deer tested. Contact a State Officer or DNR wildlife management unit to have your deer tested. Simply store the meat in sealed bags until you have the results back before consuming or processing. Better safe than sorry. I have heard conflicting reports on whether it is ok to consume infected meat, but I know personally I am not willing to take the chance. In closing, DNR biologist say this progression is what they expected, and they have several public meetings in these infected counties to answer the public’s questions. I highly encourage attending one of these if you hunt in these areas. As hunters we care about these animals and want to do what we can to slow the progression. There are things we can do to help with that, such as eliminating the use of mineral licks and bait sites. Attending these meetings will give you much more info on those things. Make sure to take the precautions going forward to know what you are eating and to protect these animals we love to pursue.


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