I appreciate the many individuals who have visited our young website. Wow….only a couple of days online and I’m already writing about one of the most controversial topics associated with whitetails, CWD and the use of mineral stations. One of the visitors today sent me a comment regarding the photo on the Plot / Herd Mgt. Links page. I guess I had not thought about the many perspectives and opinions associated with the use of mineral stations. I posted the photo in the heading because it shows three fawns with a doe. My camera didn’t effectively capture if there was another mother standing behind the scenes so I can’t positive say that these are triplets. Maybe I need to take the plunge and purchase one of the new Moultrie Panoramic 150. However, the possibility of the doe in the photo having triplets is very appealing to me and leads me to think my local habitat and QDM efforts are supporting a healthy herd. I’m hoping to get additional photos of this group to either prove or disprove if these are triplets, twins, or just three single fawns that travel together. More to come….
The comment from the site visitor was a concern that I should not be using a mineral station for the fear of spreading CWD. Currently there is no law in Indiana that prevents the use of mineral stations, aside from the fact you cannot hunt over a mineral station or other form of bate. The concern led me to research the Indiana DNR Dept. of Fish and Wildlife website to find out if Indiana has had any reports of CWD. Although I was pretty sure none had been reported, I felt obligated to confirm in response to his concern.
Yep, “CWD has not been reported in Indiana.” Refer to the following link and scroll down to the section marked “No reports in Indiana”. I also checked regarding the release of penned deer from the Jackson Co. farm back in October of last year. Although the DNR was concerned about the possible exposure of these deer to CWD prior to arriving in Indiana, I have not found any resources stating there was a positive case of CWD from these escapees.
I have also copied the following posting from the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance website…….
I understand that many states outlaw the use of mineral stations. The concern that CWD can be transmitted at a mineral station will continue to be debated. My stance is that deer are extremely social animals and based on my camera photos come into contact with each other throughout the year. I believe the health benefit with the mineral stations is extensive and necessary. The three fawns in the picture would most likely be licking and contacting each other regardless of the mineral station. That is just what fawns do. I just hope they get enough of that mineral to become booners some day.
Thanks for reading and keep those comments and suggestions coming.
Andy Hayes is a devoted husband and father of 4 kids living in West Central Indiana. Outside of his family, his passion is hunting whitetails. He does not claim to be a professional hunter, but simply wants to share what he learns during his quest to improve whitetail habitat and hunt mature bucks.