Chronic wasting hunt part of next Nebraska deer season.

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Chronic wasting hunt part of next deer season.

3/18/02

By The Associated Press

The next deer hunting season in Nebraska will include a plan to reduce the spread of chronic wasting disease.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will hold a special 3 1/2 month deer season in northern Sioux and northwestern Dawes counties from Oct. 28 through Feb. 16 to help fight the disease.

Chronic wasting disease recently was found in deer near a private hunting reserve that is roughly in the center of the 750-square miles selected for the special hunt.

Unlimited permits for antlerless animal will be available for the special area. Unlimited bonus tags may be obtained for the area by all hunters with permits for the Pine Ridge unit.

Bow hunters will be allowed to hunt in the area from Sept. 15 through Oct. 27. Any legal weapon can be used for the following season. All deer killed are required to be checked for chronic wasting disease at stations in Crawford or Harrison with 48 hours of being shot.

Chronic wasting disease is highly contagious among elk and deer, causing animals to grow thin and die. It is in the same family of brain disorders as mad cow disease, but is not known to be transmissible to humans.

The long season and free permits are intended to reduce the wild deer population in the selected area by about half in five years from its estimated population of 3,700.

The commission also is looking to reduce the deer population in Cheyenne and Kimball counties, where the state's only other cases of the wasting disease in wild deer have been reported.

An additional 200 antler-less tags will be offered in the upper Platte unit south of Interstate 80, with unlimited bonus tags available for the area to all hunters with upper Platte permits.

Overall, there will be fewer firearm permits than in the last season, with the commission authorizing 56,000 for the Nov. 16-24 season, down from last season's 61,900 permits. The special extended season is intended to offset that loss.

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I hope that neighboring states can help to curb this seemingly growing problem so that the spread is slowed and less severe. From what I have read, ending CWD is not in the picture at this time but maybe it can be curbed somewhat.
 

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