Anyone who has applied or paid any attention to Iowa’s tough non-resident draw system for deer hunting understands how hard it is to get a tag for the state. Well, it’s about to get harder. The Iowa DNR is cutting the number of available buck tags for the 2017-18 season due to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
According to KCRG News, the DNR plans to cut approximately 3,000 tags. However, this will not reduce the number of antlerless tags available to deer hunters.
For those who have believed and continue to say that CWD can’t or won’t affect their deer hunting, they’re wrong. It most certainly can. And this is the latest example.
We recently reported the latest news on CWD that was revealed at the North American Deer Summit in Texas last month. For those unfamiliar with the disease, once contracted, it is an always-fatal disease that thrives in the nervous system of cervids (deer, elk, reindeer and moose). It can be passed on through saliva, urine, feces, spinal and brain fluids, etc. Similar diseases affect other animals such as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) which is also referred to as Mad Cow Disease. It’s also found in sheep, known as Scrapie. Interestingly enough, we already know that Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) — a sister disease to BSE and CWD — is capable of infecting humans.
Click here to read our full report on the breaking news that was revealed about CWD at the recent summit. New data was revealed on how CWD is gravely impacting, and will continue to impact, deer in North America. And that’s not all. A little hint — the research is showing that it’s much more possible for humans to contract it than previously believed.
CWD isn’t going away. Deer hunters in nearly half the states in America are feeling the affects from it. Will we continue to sit back and do nothing as deer herds continue to decline and available deer tags continue to plummet?
Whitetails make the hunting world go round. Josh Honeycutt, deer hunting editor and "Brow Tines and Backstrap" blogger, knows a fair bit about killing mature deer. He was raised up hunting the river bottoms of Kentucky. And he still hunts there—among other places—to this day.
Follow along as he shares his adventures, experiences and knowledge of the white-tailed deer.