December 9, 2023

How Will CWD Impact Kansas' Economy

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Yesterday, I brought you this story about chronic wasting disease confirmed to be present in deer in the state of Kansas. Now the discussion turns to the effect this is going to have on the economy of that state.

Like many other states, hunting is big business. Deer hunting in Kansas brings millions of dollars into the state coffers directly and indirectly – license fees, hunting gear, jobs, guides, meat processors, the list goes on and on.

New rules for the handling of meat for example, will change how deer meat processors will butcher and dispose of the remains to avoid the further spread of the disease.

Time will tell what kind of an impact the presence of CWD will have on the number of licenses sold to residents and non-residents.

Tom Remington