CWD Confirmed in Minnesota Whitetail.

The first confirmed case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has just been confirmed in Minnesota by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. The deer was taken by a hunter in November of 2010 near Pine Island, located in the southeastern part of the state.

State of Minnesota Wildlife Officials are taking the disease as a serious concern to the overall health of the state’s whitetail deer herd. Since 2002, the DNR has tested more than 32,000 whitetail, 60 elk, and 90 moose all in attempts for the earliest possible detection in order to combat the disease.

Acting quickly in response to this confirmed case, Minnesota Board of Animal Health has established a CWD-endemic area which includes the area where the deer was taken and any land within a 10-mile radius of there.

Over the next several weeks the DNR will be taking information as well as investigating the entire Pine Island area. Minnesota hunters, landowners, and residents can expect a public meeting to be held sometime in February following these findings.

First found in Wisconsin’s wild deer herd dating back to 2002, CWD can now be found in 15 different states and provinces. Although considered not fatal to humans, CWD is fatal to deer, elk, and moose.

Bowhunting.Com would like to hear your opinion on controlling CWD in your own or any state. Do you believe Minnesota DNR is already over-reacting to just a single positively tested CWD deer? If your state already has CWD, do you believe your state has properly controlled the disease? How? Or, are you one of those conspiracy theorists who believe CWD to be made up by the major insurance companies? We want to hear from you no matter what you believe. Please leave comments below. Thank you!



  1. Michael Willand says:

    In Illinois the DNR just sends a letter stating how they're going to eradicate the deer herd with sharpshooters.. and that's what they do.

    Do I think this is the correct approach? No way.

    I used to not believe in the conspiracy theory of the insurance companies.. but with the way this state handles its 'CWD' deer I kinda buy into it now.

    Hope the people of Minnesota have a better solution. My tip.. get involved!

  2. Ryan Culvey says:

    This has been a sore subject for years. I believe there are better solutions as well to how deer should be checked or monitored. But to go out and let these shooters shoot anything that walks, even alot of mature bucks makes me sick as a hunter. I have seen randam photos of truck loads of bucks shot by sharpshooters, in one specific truck 6 bucks, smallest 140 class to biggest booner typical. Give the hunter more tags or something, he or she deserves it for all their hardwork and preparation that they put into this sport!

  3. Dustin DeCroo says:

    Mike we have CWD in lots of different areas here with all ungulates, unfortunately there isn't a good way to deal with it… that I've seen. Any way you go about it, killing animals to test is going to result in animals that are not infected to die.

  4. Michael Willand says:

    I understand that Dustin.

    The problem in Illinois is the way in which it is handled. You literally just receive a letter in the mail stating the DNR will be sending sharpshooters in to combat the disease. The sharpshooters than just slaughter thousands of deer. Nothing you can do about it.

    All because about 5 or 6 get tested positie for the disease every year.

    I don't know what the answer is.. but hunters should be involved in the solution. Spending thousands of taxpayer funds is not my idea on the best solution.


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