Got a chance to speak in person or email with some of the folks at the DNR on CWD. Went over what their goals were, concerns, etc. I did ask "If you don't get a cure & the prions are in the soil forever & can be transmitted in plant material & from birds.... How is eradicating deer WITHOUT FINDING A CURE, going to make any difference?" "We may find a cure" (very short & condensed take-away) was the response. Ok, fair enough & that would be wonderful if it happens. ANOTHER ONE that caught my attention while I had a discussion with a DNR biologist from another state... "It's likely a good idea to have a deer tested for CWD before eating it". Diving in..... "It's not proven it can transmit to people but who knows and would you want to take any risk?" is a short version of the position & a reasonably wide ranging & growing feeling among the public. Which lead my brain to this point.... 1) There is no 100% positive test that will uncover a CWD positive deer. So, with that logic, we shouldn't even take that chance. 2) Here's the BIG ONE!!!..... You bring your deer to a processor!!!!!.... Your deer 110% sure did NOT have CWD!!! Great news!!! But, you are worried that if you ate a deer with CWD, somehow there's a chance it could transmit to humans. Well, that processor is doing a GAZILLION DEER through all their grinders, saws, knives, processing tools, storage, delivery area, etc. Since you can't burn, poison, chemically treat or destroy a prion - it's not going to be killed. So, one would think - if yours doesn't have it, likely, one of the gazillion other deer that was processed there did. YIKES!!?!?!? Follow that one down the rabbit hole!!!?!?!?!? Outlaw processing? don't allow deer to be eaten period? I mean, let's be consistent & follow that logic through. I'm not saying I agree with it what-so-ever OR that there isn't a billion risks with ANYTHING. Heck, if you want to look at scientific health risks associated with eating meat- we should never eat meat again! & for that matter - don't eat veggies or fruit either with all the pesticides or even bacteria in organic foods. This is a widely growing view & it just takes 30 seconds of thinking through this to understand how & why and what some possible results are. If folks really believe all this stuff, the logical answer is to never eat venison again. Yikes! Your thoughts?