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Nugent: CWD Is a Scam


GUEST-EDITORIAL-GRAPHICThe good Lord knows how I really hate to write these types of articles, but in this real world of political “we the people” have duties to fight the bad and ugly.

I won’t bore you with the gory details of how chronic wasting disease was first discovered/created by Colorado bureaucrats back in 1967, or the technical scientific terminology gobbledygook, but a cursory review of the documented facts surrounding this controversial condition found in deer should raise the hackles of all honest conservationists and deer lovers nationwide.

CWD has never negatively impacted any deer herd or deer hunting anywhere, whereas just a few short years ago, much to the anger of Wisconsin deer hunting families, the Wisconsin DNR, in a bizarre, unsupportable, kneejerk over-reaction, slaughtered a few hundred thousand deer in that historically traditional deer hunting state. CWD didn’t hurt the Wisconsin deer herd, the DNR did!

And now, continuing the same insane mistake, the Michigan DNR is doing the same horrible thing after finding a single doe that tested positive. Since destroying another couple thousand deer in my beloved deer hunting birthstate, no more cases of CWD have been found as of this writing.

And now Texas! I thought Texans knew better.

Dear God in heaven. What is going on here? CWD didn’t kill thousands of deer. The government agencies, sworn to protect and manage this precious resource and paid for by hunters, killed thousands of deer.

I dare anyone to attempt to explain this in honest, logical, scientifically supportable terms. Ain’t gonna happen. Can’t be done.

CWD was first identified/created in a Colorado testing facility operated by the state’s professional biologists. CWD did NOT come from deer farms or hunting ranches. It was first discovered in wild mule deer intentionally exposed to domestic sheep, known to carry the scrapies prion, the sheep variation of CWD.

When a deer at an Iowa deer farm was found to be positive for CWD, the Iowa DNR came in and killed every deer on the family property, destroying their livelihood with no believable explanation or compensation whatsoever.

Achtung baby!


Compare this action to the game department of South Dakota when the highest incidence of CWD was found in their Wind River park elk herd. When this infected/exposed elk herd outgrew the carrying capacity of that high fence state preserve, South Dakota simply lowered the fence to allow the exposed elk to escape into Custer National Park, mingling with the wild deer and elk.

Iowa violently over-reacted with ZERO science or evidence to support their actions, destroying the private property of a family, while the state of South Dakota admitted that the CWD-exposed elk posed no risk to wild herds of deer and elk.

Hey bureaucrats, which is it? A dangerous wildlife threat or no threat at all? Good grief.

CWD doesn’t pose a threat to deer. EHD, blue tongue, rabies, brusellosis, anthrax and other real diseases and bureaucrats have indeed hurt wildlife and deer. Why the hysteria over a non-threatening disease/condition?

I love deer. My life has forever been dedicated to optimize the health and bio-diversity of deer and wildlife. My lifetime earnings have been dedicated and invested to perfecting wildlife habitat for game and nongame species because I am a reasoning predator and gung-ho, caring renewable resource steward.

Like millions and millions of American deer hunting families and real wildlife lovers, deer and all wildlife bring us prime quality of life, sustenance and spiritual fortification.

Since CWD has never hurt wildlife in the big picture, but government bureaucrats have. I would highly recommend caring people do everything in their power to protect wildlife from real, tangible threats.

I implore my fellow deer-loving Blood Brothers to watch this entire CWD documentary by Keith Warren, at youtube/1_1tc3dNsPk. Then dare bureaucrats to attempt to deny it.

CWD is a scam, and for the life of me, I cannot figure out why it is being jammed down our throats. Stand up and fight for what you believe in, my friends. It really is us against them. Do it for our beloved deer and lifestyle.

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