GASSVILLE, Ark. Deer and elk hunters in the Natural State will have to follow new regulations unanimously passed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The commission hopes the regulations will help curb the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.
Baiting deer can now only be done on private land and only from September 1 through December 31. Also, beginning in 2017 hunters can no longer use scent lures made with natural deer or elk urine. Food plots can still be used.
Transporting deer remains out of the 10-county Chronic Wasting Management Zone is prohibited which could limit business for taxidermists like John Creager.
"Zone two stops at the bridge two miles from the shop. Ok, technically people can't bring a deer across the bridge now into the shop and that's where probably 90 percent of my white tail deer business comes from," says Creager.
"We're going to have several chech stations in this area during the first weekend of modern gun season so we'll be testing then and trying to find more cases, see if it's gotten outsidwe the core zone," says Keith Stephens with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
So far 101 cases of CWD have been found in Arkansas with 92 of those coming from Newton County.