Tuesday, February 7th, 2023
Tuesday, February 7th, 2023

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Hunters, government, industry at odds over bottled deer urine

Precautionary testing during the first two days of firearms deer season will determine whether chronic wasting disease may have spread from captive deer to wild deer in central and north central Minnesota.

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York wildlife managers tasked with curbing the spread of a fatal brain disease have proposed a ban on bottled deer urine used by hunters to lure their prey.

They’re getting pushback from producers and manufacturers who say there’s not enough evidence to shut down an industry and deny hunters products they’ve used for decades.

The proposed ban is one of numerous measures intended to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, which has infected deer, elk and moose in 24 states and two Canadian provinces. Other measures include prohibiting captive deer farms from importing new animals and barring hunters from bringing in carcasses from states where the disease has been found.

At least four other states have already banned commercial deer urine, which hunters dab on foliage or cotton balls to lure deer to their tree stands.

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