Deer-lure manufacturers Wildlife Research Center and Tink’s have partnered to fund a new testing process designed to test deer urine for Chronic Wasting Disease contamination.
According to a news release, the two manufacturers have funded a study with CWD Evolution, LLC, that has led to a CWD-testing protocol known as RT-QuIC, which allows manufacturers of deer and elk scents to test and verify that no CWD is detected in the urine used in their products.
“We sought out the most recognized authorities regarding CWD transmission via urine to get their opinion,” said Phil Robinson of Tink’s in the news release. “These scientists also happen to be the lead authors of the most commonly misinterpreted studies cited when a urine ban has been put in effect. We are 100 percent confident that our products pose no risk of spreading CWD. This test is just a confirmation of that fact.”
Using deer urine as an attractant while hunting has been a growing issue, with some states banning its use — including manufactured attractants that use urine — due to concerns over possible CWD transmission. In a statement, the companies said the regulation changes to ban urine attractants are based on “false and misleading information.”
“Our industry is committed to the health of wild cervids and the sport of hunting,” said Sam Burgeson of Wildlife Research Center. “This is a breakthrough for our industry and for all the loyal hunters that use our products. This test confirms what we already know and provides a clear and simple tool to keep rule makers from taking this important tradition and tool away from hunters.”
Wildlife Research Center and Tink’s say they have already begun testing their respective deer urines in 2019. Beginning in 2020, bottles of their products will carry the “RT-QuIC Tested” logo on their label.