States That Now Have CWD

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap


The above video was produced by the Michigan DNR. It's graphic. But this is the reality in the war on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Note: They talk about baiting in the video, too. I'm not taking an official stance on that issue in this post. But the video as a whole is representative of what our biologists, wildlife officials, and hunters are dealing with on a daily basis.

Chronic Wasting Disease is an always-fatal disease. That statement alone should be enough to scare us into action. Wildly enough—for the most part—it hasn’t. There are some out there making efforts to combat the disease. But, as a whole, our country has been way too complacent on the CWD front. And it isn’t backing down.

A quick look at the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance’s website will reveal CWD advancing in 23 states and two Canadian provinces. These include: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The two Canadian provinces are Alberta and Saskatchewan. Think about this for a second. The locations listed here are some of the most prominent whitetail destinations in the world.

I’m not going to dig any deeper into the issue in this post. In the coming days, Realtree Outdoor News blogger, Brian Lovett, will present an in-depth report on the current state of CWD. You’ll hear from leading authorities and see the results of the most recent research. Brian is a lifelong deer hunter from Wisconsin—the heart of the war on CWD. It’s safe to say that passions run high...and that he has something to say on the issue.

Stay tuned for his post. And in the meantime, be a voice for whitetails and speak out about CWD. Because one thing is for sure, you don't want CWD in your state.