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Posted: 21 March 2016 06:31 PM   [ Ignore ]
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4 nights a week I drive by 2 of the hired DNR cwd “snipers” who have been set up in the same 2 fields since the week after late season in January.  My question is what are they doing with all the deer being shot?

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Posted: 22 March 2016 05:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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When I checked in my deer last fall during the first shotgun season, I had a chat with one of the biologist for my area processing the samples.  According to him, deer are culled based on CWD occurances in the area and it is more than a 1 year project to remove signs of it in the area.  It takes years for the signs to show up in deer, which is why it makes it harder to remediate immediately.  However, he claims they do not just “shoot them and throw them in a hole/burn” like most claim they’ve seen.  He claimed they [field biologist] are a part of the whole culling process.  Sometimes he is sharp shooting from a blind over bait and other times he is assigned to other tasks. 

What it involves is a bunch of biologists in the area (usually hours from each other) coordinating carcass pick-ups and driving to a facility in Springfield where tests are done on each deer and they are processed.  If testing comes back negative for CWD or any other disease, then the meat is donated to the Northern Illinois Food Pantry (at least in my region anyway, it could be different elsewhere).

He also explained how it spread and that they wouldn’t have to cull nearly as many deer in a specific area if more people were willing to let their deer be tested at check stations.  He also emphasized that they do not shoot from helicopters (no matter what people claim).  You tend to see the helicopters more often during periods of snow on the ground, as it is easier to count populations. He gave me some information on where you can take your deer heads for drop off during archery, late winter, etc for CWD testing (which I think they should do a better job communicating that to us hunters).  They only do firearm season due to budget reasons—as that is when they have the best chance to get samples from a the larger number of hunters who go out in this time frame.

Now ya’ll can believe what you want, but I don’t feel he was lying to me.  It could very well be possible that his employer, the state, could be lying to him about intentions.  I’d imagine this a two-fold operation and I still firmly believe the insurance companies do a lot of lobbying.  If anything, I at least felt better the meat was going to feed the hungry than thrown in a hole.  I suggest talking to the biologist in your area.  Mine was more than friendly and answered every question I had.

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Posted: 22 March 2016 12:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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You could do nothing and end up like Wisconsin.

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Posted: 22 March 2016 01:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Haha, yeah.  He showed me a map that showed how it’s progressed through the years and you can see how each year it has trickled in further and further into IL from WI.  He specifically mentioned most (if not all) of our troubles come from WI not doing their part for years.

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Posted: 22 March 2016 04:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Wisconsin initially implemented an aggressive CWD suppression strategy, which involved intensive harvest and sharpshooters in the CWD areas.  This strategy proved to be unpopular with the deer hunting community, who carry more political clout than do IL deer hunters (due to numbers).  As such, changes were made and the current strategy is much less aggressive, and it appears the disease is unfortunately becoming widespread in many parts of the state.

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Posted: 24 March 2016 09:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I WENT TO 2 CWD MEETINGS AND HERE IS THE SHORT AND SWEET OF IT. IT’S A DNR PROGRAM. DNR SETS THE AMOUNT OF SAMPLES BY POPULATION. THE SHARPSHOOTERS WILL TAKE SAMPLES IF HUNTERS DON’T BRING IN THEIR SAMPLE. SO IF THE DNR DON’T GET THEIR SET AMOUNT PER ZONE THE SHARPSHOOTERS WILL. 1.2 MILLION WAS SET FOR THIS PROGRAM. ROUGHLY THE DNR STATED IT COSTS 400 DOLLARS PER SHARPSHOOTER KILL. MYSELF I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS THE WAY TO GO

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Posted: 24 March 2016 10:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I don’t get how they can never get enough samples at check ins.  I get it that if you got a nice trophy buck you want to get mounted, you wouldn’t want to ruin the cape.  When you look at numbers harvested, you would think more people would be willing to let their does and little bucks be tested.

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Posted: 24 March 2016 02:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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DNR SAID THEY WOULD WORK WITH THE TROPHY HUNTER. THE PROBLEM IS MOST HUNTERS DON’T TRUST THE DNR. JUST LIKE THE CWD MEETING IF THIS WEB SITE DIDN’T POST IT I WOULD NOT HAVE HEARD ABOUT IT. I DID CHECKED THE DNR SITE AND IT WAS STUCK IN WITH SOMETHING ELSE. IF THEY REALY WANTED THE PEOPLE TO KNOW IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN POSTED LARGE. PLUS NOTHING WAS PRINTED IN THE LOCAL PAPERS. ONLY 4 PEOPLE SHOWED AT THE 1ST MEETING AND 3 AT THE 2ND ONE. OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK.

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Posted: 24 March 2016 07:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Thanks for posting that information Lasrael.  Like deer1 mentioned, its hard for guys to get involved when they don’t know when meetings are.  I subscribe to the emails sent by IDNR and I don’t remember these meetings being mentioned.  Shame on me if they were and I missed it.

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Posted: 29 April 2016 11:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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In an effort to spread info here are some videos I ran across on youtube posted by IL DNR regarding their CWD management.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUaPP6_C5O6KCbAnHTry42XIDg1foVTnL

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