New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

CWD Task Force Aims to Protect Deer Hunting Heritage


September 6, 2021

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In areas of North America where CWD has infected a large number of deer, the herd's age structure begins to break down and bucks may only live to two-and-a-half years of age. The NDG&F's new CWD task force looks to limit the prevalence of the disease in the state and prevent its spread from the five hunting units where it has been detected.

Imagine the largest deer you could ever shoot was one that only made it to two-and-a-half years of age. At best, that's a buck with a small four-by-four rack, or a doe that likely was only able to produce one or two years of fawns to help sustain the local herd. For some places in North America, where its prevalence has escalated to more than fifty percent of sampled deer populations, chronic...

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