Um, they found a CWD positive tested deer in a game farm bordering Portage County several years ago and the result of that was the banning of bait in Portage County. If I remember right, it was Waushara ? County but I'm not sure.
Deer do not do well as domestic animals. Not sure why, but it does seem like they are more prone to diseases like CWD when kept domestic. One of the biggest reasons we have so many deer farms is hunters demand for deer urine. We also have several closed fence hunting places popping up all over the state. This is a case where now 2 deer farms at 2 different times have put our deer population at risk in Portage Co..
I also don't understand why farms can have elk in WI. yet we cant do anything to help the 150 wild elk we already have. We have 700 square miles set aside for elk reintroduction in Clam Lake, the elk are using only 40 square miles so far. We have all of the Black River Falls area set aside for elk reintroduction besides Clam Lake. Yet we only have 150 elk, all bunched together, just waiting til CWD makes it's way north to wipe them out. Can't even split up the 150 elk so not all the population is in one area thanks to the Dept. of Agriculture's ban on transporting elk. Seems the only elk WI wants are domestic elk and they aren't even sure they want them. Too risky for the cows.
About the only thing that will slow down the CWD from moving north is up north we have a lot of wolves and bears. Some area's up north are at the deer density levels the DNR wants in the CWD Zone due to the growing population of wolves and bears. That's why most of up north is Regular deer hunting zone and the rest of the state is CWD zone, EAB zone and herd management zones or what ever they call them. DNR isn't advertising the fact that some of the northern areas deer density has dropped way below the targeted goals and yet they sell more tags. Short term this is bad for deer hunters, long term, really bad unless we can get the elk started back up and control the wolves. You can't have wolves with only deer to feed on. Doubt Doyle is going to let us hunt wolves until they get too far south. Somehow we need to get through to Madison that if we have to have wolves, we have to have elk and buffalo for them to feed on. That's how the food chain works. No big game, wolves will eat domestic animals after they wipe out the deer. That's how it's worked everywhere else in the world. They let the wolves wipe out the deer, I'm not helping them take out the wolves. They wanted wolves, I want wild elk and buffalo and maybe a moose or two, the way it was and is supposed to be. Between CWD and the wolves, it's time to do deer a favor and reintroduce other big game to Wisconsin with the goal of having huntable populations of deer, elk, bears, buffalo and wolves in 10-20 years in the north woods of Wisconsin. Return the food chain to as near as perfect as we can is the only way to save the deer and bear hunting as we know it in our state. The anti hunters wanted wolves to compete with deer hunters, DNR wants wolves to help keep deer numbers down, we only want wolves if we get other big game species to go with the wolves. We've got some very interest decisions to make in the near future and our children's hunting future hangs in the balance.
Portage county has been one of those central WI. deer heaven types of hunting areas. I know, I've hunted there for at least 15 years. No wolves, no bears, no CWD, lots of good habitat and farm fields, good mix of hard woods and pines. Will be interesting to see what ruins it first, wolves, CWD, or DNR and Dept. of Ag.? Looks like the Government is in the lead, CWD jumps ahead of schedule for second place and the wolves are on the way. Finding a good place to hunt deer in WI. is getting to be a challenge. Don't forget, when the deer are all gone, I told you so, and when it's time you're ready to beg for the deer back, don't forget to ask for elk and buffalo and maybe a moose or two. We've paid the price of save the wolves now it's time to save Wisconsin's big game.
American by birth, hunter by choice.