It might seem as though deer need help making it through the winter, but providing them with extra food isn’t always a smart answer.
Concerned hunters often try to help deer survive another harsh winter by feeding local herds. For many hunter, that means dumping buckets of corn on the ground to give whitetails something to eat during the cruelest months. Yet in many places, that corn might be doing far more harm than good.
What’s so bad about giving the local deer a helping hand to make it through the winter? Everything, agree a cadre of wildlife biologists. Numerous states have banned feeding after the discovery of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in white-tailed deer. The ban is designed to prevent the further spread of CWD by keeping deer from concentrating in small areas as they often do around feeding stations.