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Will Chronic Wasting Disease Cancel Deer Hunting? Part 1

How CWD might affect the future of deer and deer hunting in America, and what hunters can do to help.

Will Chronic Wasting Disease Cancel Deer Hunting? Part 1

Hunters who think CWD is nothing should guess again. In the long term, it could change hunting as we know it. (Photo courtesy of Real Tree)

Commonly (and wrongly) referred to as the zombie deer disease, chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a very real and serious threat, unlike mythological corporeal revenants. One thing the two have in common, though, is that both are undead, meaning that the disease isn’t alive or dead. It just exists. That’s crazy, but more on that later.

After consulting with dozens of wildlife biologists and other leading authorities on CWD, we’ve come to the conclusion that CWD is quite mysterious, a tremendous threat, poses very real problems to cervids, and could...

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