About chronic wasting disease Chronic wasting disease is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy TSE disease in deer, elk, moose and reindeer or caribou and it is always fatal. As this occurs, it often causes behavior changes such as decreased interactions with other animals, listlessness, lowering of the head, a blank facial expression, and walking in set patterns.
These new restrictions aim to prevent the infectious agent of CWD from contaminating new environments by way of disposal of carcass tissues, particularly those of the brain and spine, as CWD contaminants can persist in the soil for years.
Season bag and possession limits for both antlerless and antlered deer, including Bonus Anterless Harvest Report Cards, that apply to the general archery, blackpowder, and gun deer seasons also apply to the Urban Archery Season.
These brain cells eventually burst, leaving behind microscopic empty spaces in the brain matter that give it a spongy look.
Archery Deer Season Deer of either sex may be taken during archery deer season in all areas includes game lands in and east of Watauga, Wilkes, Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Rutherford, and Polk counties. Deer of either sex may be taken anytime during the blackpowder firearm deer season in and east of Polk, Rutherford, McDowell, Burke, Caldwell, Watauga and Ashe counties includes game lands.
Antlerless deer harvested under the Deer Management Assistance Program DMAP and tagged with harvest tags provided with the program are not included in normal statewide bag limits. Landholders, their spouses and children hunting on land held by the landholder do not have to wear hunter orange.
The placement of commercially available mineral supplements specifically and exclusively marketed for attracting or feeding deer is allowed anywhere in the state, except on game lands. It is unlawful to place processed food products as bait in any area of the state with an established season for taking black bears.