The Most Common Questions About CWD in Deer, and NDA’s Answers

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer has emerged over the last 20 years as one of the most significant issues in deer hunting in modern times, with enormous biological, economic, political and cultural impacts. The fact that the disease is complex and difficult to manage has made it controversial and has caused much disagreement and …

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EHD in Deer: Here’s What You Need to Know

Photo of a dead buck with EHD laying by a water hole.
Incidences of hemorrhagic disease (HD) were few and far between in the early 2000s. That has changed dramatically in the past 2 decades. What is Hemorrhagic Disease? According to the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS), HD is an infectious, viral disease of deer, elk, pronghorn and bighorn sheep. It is a blood-borne disease transmitted …

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CWD Roundup – July 2022

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. Colorado In early May, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) presented results of mandatory testing for …

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Melanistic Whitetails: How Rare Are Black Deer?

This article was updated on May 16, 2022. Each fall, deer hunters see or harvest albino or piebald whitetails and discuss what a rare occurrence that is. But an even greater rarity exists: melanistic whitetails. Melanistic whitetails are a true gem of whitetail color morphs. With very low odds for this genetic mutation and low …

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Don’t Move That Fawn

It seems like every spring I see a post on social media by someone with a fawn they “rescued” because they found it lying alone in the grass, seemingly frightened. I politely inform them that although their heart is in the right place, they are likely doing more harm than good. Here are some valuable …

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