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Professor Claims Breakthrough in CWD Research, Says a Cure is Not Far Off

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The jury is still out, but an LSU researcher and a Pennsylvania sportsmen organization say they’ve found the real cause of chronic wasting disease.

The LSU AgCenter and the United Sportsmen of Pennsylvania recently unveiled some news that should ease some concerns over CWD, but other groups remain skeptical and a straightaway path to a cure for the 100% fatal disease is still undiscovered.

The new findings say that the disease is actually caused by a previously undiscovered species of bacteria called spiroplasma, instead of the assumed prions, the rogue proteins that affect the lymph nodes and nervous tissue.

The information was shared in a lengthy video that’s made headlines across the country, stirring inappropriate “zombie deer” images in the minds of mainstream media producers, but giving conservationists, hunters, and wildlife experts reason for pause. Groups like the National Deer Alliance, various wildlife biologists, and even the Pennsylvania Game Commission have shared statements that cast doubt on the new findings.

“We now are set on a path to end this disease and pending nightmare in Pennsylvania, across America and throughout the world,” Unified Sportsman of Pennsylvania ecologist John Eveland said in the video. The PGC, which recently unveiled its newest plans for battling the spread of CWD, says that refutes the decades of research that’s proven prions as the infectious agent.

To get to the meat of the speech, fast forward to the 8 minute mark of the video.

The researcher who executed the experiments, LSU AgCenter’s Frank Bastian, is the same neuropathology scientist who buzzed through the CWD news feeds more than a year ago with the announcement of his discovery of a way to grow the unique bacteria.

Well short of celebration, the reaction instead has been one of cautious questioning and respectful requests for more evidence.

The Clarion Ledger quoted Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Wildlife Bureau executive director Russ Walsh as saying the work needs to still be properly vetted and replicated.

“There’s a lot of questions if it is indeed credible science,” Walsh told the Clarion Ledger. “We’re not discounting it, but we want to know more. Certainly, it could be plausible. There’s still a lot of questions about prions and the prion theory. The scientific community will know more through research. This could be a large paradigm shift in the scientific community.”

There’s a bit of a ‘Yeah, so now what?’ feeling to the announcement, and though it doesn’t appear to be a publicity stunt or deliberate hoax, the USP is seeking to raise over $250,000 to donate to LSU for CWD testing kits and vaccine developments. A press conference-style announcement couldn’t possibly hurt those intentions.

Cases of CWD have been documented in 24 states and two provinces in Canada, in both captive deer and wild deer. The disease can spread through direct contact with urine, feces, saliva, blood, deer parts, and via live deer. It’s affecting the number one game animal for North American hunters, with close to 10 million presumed to hit the woods for deer each season. Though yet to be found, a case of a human contracting CWD has never been so likely, with a recent statement from the Univ. of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy saying it’s probable. No human has been known to have gotten sick from handling or eating CWD-infected game meat.

All the same, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was driven to recommend that hunters not “shoot, handle or eat meat from deer and elk that look sick or are acting strangely,” as they could be CWD infected animals. They also suggest wearing gloves while field dressing, and that the only true way to avoid eating CWD-infected meat is to get it tested.

Mule deer, whitetail deer, moose, and elk have all been known to suffer from CWD. Wildlife management processes have had to adjust greatly, even in states where infected deer have yet to spread. CWD surveillance programs, unheard of until the last decade, are now soaking up huge portions of wildlife agency budgets. The well-being of a deer herd is always going to have an effect on a deer season, but when CWD cases enter the mix, it’s a whole new ballgame.

If anything, the awareness and severity of CWD can only be increased by the announcement of the recent findings, and we’re counting that as a positive. But until a proven cure and game plan can be established, the disease that’s shaken the way we view, manage, and experience deer hunting in North America is still going to be a problem.

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The jury is still out, but an LSU researcher and a Pennsylvania sportsmen organization say they’ve found the real cause of chronic wasting disease.

The LSU AgCenter and the United Sportsmen of Pennsylvania recently unveiled some news that should ease some concerns over CWD, but other groups remain skeptical and a straightaway path to a cure for the 100% fatal disease is still undiscovered.

The new findings say that the disease is actually caused by a previously undiscovered species of bacteria called spiroplasma, instead of the assumed prions, the rogue proteins that affect the lymph nodes and nervous tissue.

The information was shared in a lengthy video that’s made headlines across the country, stirring inappropriate “zombie deer” images in the minds of mainstream media producers, but giving conservationists, hunters, and wildlife experts reason for pause. Groups like the National Deer Alliance, various wildlife biologists, and even the Pennsylvania Game Commission have shared statements that cast doubt on the new findings.

“We now are set on a path to end this disease and pending nightmare in Pennsylvania, across America and throughout the world,” Unified Sportsman of Pennsylvania ecologist John Eveland said in the video. The PGC, which recently unveiled its newest plans for battling the spread of CWD, says that refutes the decades of research that’s proven prions as the infectious agent.

To get to the meat of the speech, fast forward to the 8 minute mark of the video.

The researcher who executed the experiments, LSU AgCenter’s Frank Bastian, is the same neuropathology scientist who buzzed through the CWD news feeds more than a year ago with the announcement of his discovery of a way to grow the unique bacteria.

Well short of celebration, the reaction instead has been one of cautious questioning and respectful requests for more evidence.

The Clarion Ledger quoted Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Wildlife Bureau executive director Russ Walsh as saying the work needs to still be properly vetted and replicated.

“There’s a lot of questions if it is indeed credible science,” Walsh told the Clarion Ledger. “We’re not discounting it, but we want to know more. Certainly, it could be plausible. There’s still a lot of questions about prions and the prion theory. The scientific community will know more through research. This could be a large paradigm shift in the scientific community.”

There’s a bit of a ‘Yeah, so now what?’ feeling to the announcement, and though it doesn’t appear to be a publicity stunt or deliberate hoax, the USP is seeking to raise over $250,000 to donate to LSU for CWD testing kits and vaccine developments. A press conference-style announcement couldn’t possibly hurt those intentions.

Cases of CWD have been documented in 24 states and two provinces in Canada, in both captive deer and wild deer. The disease can spread through direct contact with urine, feces, saliva, blood, deer parts, and via live deer. It’s affecting the number one game animal for North American hunters, with close to 10 million presumed to hit the woods for deer each season. Though yet to be found, a case of a human contracting CWD has never been so likely, with a recent statement from the Univ. of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy saying it’s probable. No human has been known to have gotten sick from handling or eating CWD-infected game meat.

All the same, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was driven to recommend that hunters not “shoot, handle or eat meat from deer and elk that look sick or are acting strangely,” as they could be CWD infected animals. They also suggest wearing gloves while field dressing, and that the only true way to avoid eating CWD-infected meat is to get it tested.

Mule deer, whitetail deer, moose, and elk have all been known to suffer from CWD. Wildlife management processes have had to adjust greatly, even in states where infected deer have yet to spread. CWD surveillance programs, unheard of until the last decade, are now soaking up huge portions of wildlife agency budgets. The well-being of a deer herd is always going to have an effect on a deer season, but when CWD cases enter the mix, it’s a whole new ballgame.

If anything, the awareness and severity of CWD can only be increased by the announcement of the recent findings, and we’re counting that as a positive. But until a proven cure and game plan can be established, the disease that’s shaken the way we view, manage, and experience deer hunting in North America is still going to be a problem.

NEXT: OHIO DNR’S DIVISION OF WILDLIFE CLOSES OPERATION NORTH COAST, THE LARGEST CASE IN STATE HISTORY

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Tigress Outriggers & Gear Partners with CCA STAR

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Lake Worth, Fl (May 20, 2019) The innovative minds at Tigress Outriggers & Gear are proud to announce their partnership with one of Florida’s fastest growing tournaments, the CCA Statewide Tournament and Angler Rodeo, popularly known as CCA STAR. Work together began April 1, 2019, just ahead of the upcoming 101 fishing competition, one hundred one […]

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This is What it's Like to Decapitate a Gobbler with The Judge Revolver

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This close encounter with The Judge revolver gives turkey hunting a new look.

Fan hunting for turkeys, also known as reaping, has gained popularity in the past half decade. However, not many hunters choose the Judge revolver as their shotgun of choice.

This close encounter for Culpepper will give most hunters an adrenaline rush. Can you guess how many yards this shot is taken at?

I’ve personally never shot the Judge before, but from what I understand, it’s a revolver-turned-shotgun, typically loaded with a .410 cartridge. Because the .410 is a smaller shotgun shell size one would have to get closer than if they were hunting with a .12 or .20 gauge.

It apparently is possible to take out a turkey with a .410 if the shot is just right.

WARNING: Turkey reaping, while fun, is only recommended on private land where it is certain there are no other hunters. I hope it’s obvious after this video why that is the case. When you’re hiding behind a real turkey fan, hunters could get confused.

Like what you see here? You can read more awesome hunting articles by Nathan Unger at the Bulldawg Outdoors blog. Follow him on Twitter @Bulldawgoutdoor and on Instagram @Bulldawgoutdoors.

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This close encounter with The Judge revolver gives turkey hunting a new look.

Fan hunting for turkeys, also known as reaping, has gained popularity in the past half decade. However, not many hunters choose the Judge revolver as their shotgun of choice.

This close encounter for Culpepper will give most hunters an adrenaline rush. Can you guess how many yards this shot is taken at?

I’ve personally never shot the Judge before, but from what I understand, it’s a revolver-turned-shotgun, typically loaded with a .410 cartridge. Because the .410 is a smaller shotgun shell size one would have to get closer than if they were hunting with a .12 or .20 gauge.

It apparently is possible to take out a turkey with a .410 if the shot is just right.

WARNING: Turkey reaping, while fun, is only recommended on private land where it is certain there are no other hunters. I hope it’s obvious after this video why that is the case. When you’re hiding behind a real turkey fan, hunters could get confused.

Like what you see here? You can read more awesome hunting articles by Nathan Unger at the Bulldawg Outdoors blog. Follow him on Twitter @Bulldawgoutdoor and on Instagram @Bulldawgoutdoors.

NEXT: Now This is Turkey Fan Hunting Done Right

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Cooking: Wild Turkey Breakfast Sausage

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Wild Turkey Apple Sausage Recipe

Ingrediants: 2 pounds skinless, boneless turkey legs (or a mix of legs and breast), cut into 1½-inch cubes 14 ounces thick-sliced bacon, cut into large pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed 1 large onion, diced 2 medium sweet and tart apples, such as Honeycrisp, peeled, cut into 1/4-inch cubes 2 to 2½ tablespoons packed brown sugar, or to taste 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Zest of 1 lemon

Freeze the turkey meat and bacon on a baking sheet for 30 to 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in the apples and continue to cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer to a large plate, spread in a thin layer, and let cool in the refrigerator.

Grind the turkey and bacon into a large bowl set over a large bowl of ice. Add the cooled onions and apples, the sugar, thyme, salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon zest. Mix well with your hands.

Pinch off a small bit of the sausage mixture and cook in a little oil in a skillet to test for seasoning. Adjust seasonings as necessary.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Form patties with a slightly wet hand. I like to make them 3 inches in diameter because they’re easy to throw on the grill or in a pan, but you can make them any size you want.

Cooking: Preheat a cast-iron pan over medium heat and put a little oil in the pan. Working in batches, sear the sausage patties until browned on both sides and cooked throughout, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Note: To freeze, stuff sausage into poly meat bags in ½-pound or 1-pound quantities, depending on how many people you typically serve. You can find all the special equipment used for this recipe at Weston Cooking Game: Wild Turkey Apple Sausage brought to you by Weston.

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Wild Turkey Apple Sausage Recipe

Ingrediants: 2 pounds skinless, boneless turkey legs (or a mix of legs and breast), cut into 1½-inch cubes 14 ounces thick-sliced bacon, cut into large pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed 1 large onion, diced 2 medium sweet and tart apples, such as Honeycrisp, peeled, cut into 1/4-inch cubes 2 to 2½ tablespoons packed brown sugar, or to taste 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Zest of 1 lemon

Freeze the turkey meat and bacon on a baking sheet for 30 to 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in the apples and continue to cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer to a large plate, spread in a thin layer, and let cool in the refrigerator.

Grind the turkey and bacon into a large bowl set over a large bowl of ice. Add the cooled onions and apples, the sugar, thyme, salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon zest. Mix well with your hands.

Pinch off a small bit of the sausage mixture and cook in a little oil in a skillet to test for seasoning. Adjust seasonings as necessary.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Form patties with a slightly wet hand. I like to make them 3 inches in diameter because they’re easy to throw on the grill or in a pan, but you can make them any size you want.

Cooking: Preheat a cast-iron pan over medium heat and put a little oil in the pan. Working in batches, sear the sausage patties until browned on both sides and cooked throughout, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Note: To freeze, stuff sausage into poly meat bags in ½-pound or 1-pound quantities, depending on how many people you typically serve. You can find all the special equipment used for this recipe at Weston Cooking Game: Wild Turkey Apple Sausage brought to you by Weston.

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