Myth: Farm deer escape pens and infect wild deer with CWD

Blaming CWD on deer farming is either dishonest or ignorant. Maryland, New Mexico, Virginia and Wyoming all have documented cases of CWD, yet none of these states have a farmed elk or deer industry.

North Dakota and West Virginia have found CWD in the wild, while their farmed industry has tested thousands of animals, and all have been negative.

The simple truth is that farmed deer are tested, monitored and documented more heavily and frequently than wild deer, so it makes sense that, if the disease exists, we will find it more often where we test. But because we find it there doesn’t mean the disease is more prevalent there, it just means our testing and management controls are better there. To reach any other conclusion is simply lazy junk science or it’s intentional misinformation.

Deer farming is one of the fastest growing industries in rural America, and the industry itself has lobbied legislators for 12 years in attempt to establish a national CWD rule.

The deer industry is nothing to fear, and whitetail deer, in particular offer a unique solution to some of the problems we face today. When you get past the propaganda and realize that raising deer can simultaneously educate and inspire our youth about the outdoors, give economic hope for family farmers, bring jobs to industry-starved rural communities and help preserve our American outdoor traditions, the deer industry should be welcomed by all sportsmen.