With deer hunting season around the corner, the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry says that Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) could be in your deer bait.

The Ministry says that bait and lures made from deer can contain infectious material carrying the disease. While it has not been detected in Ontario, CWD has the potential to severely reduce the populations of white-tail deer, moose, elk and caribou. The Ministry says it is easily spreadable, stays in soil for years, and there is no cure or vaccine for the disease.

The Ministry is reminding hunters to use only plant-based or synthetic lures or bait when they are out this fall. They also remind hunters to not import bait or feed outside of the province.

Hunting season for our broadcast area for white-tail deer lasts from October 1st until December 15th for both residents and non-residents. Check with the Ministry for details on your specific Wildlife Management Region.