CWD Roundup – May 2021

CWD Roundup is the National Deer Association’s (NDA) bi-monthly update on all things chronic wasting disease (CWD). We’ll provide the latest updates on CWD spread, research and policy from across North America. Updates are provided alphabetically by state and province. Arizona In late April, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) announced that CWD remains …

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Why Does That Deer Look So Raggedy?

Many concerned sportsmen and women report “unhealthy” or raggedy looking deer in the spring because they see or get trail-camera images of deer with notable hair loss. A common misunderstanding is that these deer have something wrong with them like mange, an injury, or even some kind of disease. Often, the simple truth of the …

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Cracked Deer Hooves Are Signs of a Fight with the EHD Virus

Late in the Georgia hunting season on December 30, 2020, NDA member Keaton Smith saw a buck that was in bad shape. It was extremely thin, and it was hobbling along as if it could barely walk. He made the decision to use one of his buck tags to put the deer down. Later he …

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How Long Did This Doe Survive on Three Legs?

We got our first trail-camera photo of the three-legged doe we ended up calling “Tripod” back in May 2014 on my family’s hunting land in northwest Minnesota. I knew deer were tough, but how long could one really survive on three legs? Tripod would end up providing an answer. Deer can lose legs from a …

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