Scent Companies Call on Government Agencies to Catch up With Technological Advances.
Ramsey, MN – -(AmmoLand.com)- A commercially available test that can be used to analyze deer urine for the presence of CWD prions before its distribution to the public has been in use by Wildlife Research Center® and Tink’s® for a year, and most of the major scent companies are also adopting this technology in 2020.
Real-Time Quaking Induced Conversion, RT-QuIC for short, is a proven and reliable method for detecting the misfolded proteins that cause CWD.
A commercial laboratory began testing deer urine for the scent companies in 2019, enabling two of the industry’s largest manufacturers to test 100 percent of their natural deer urine products before releasing them to the marketplace.
The laboratory company CWD Evolution has expanded and is testing products for many of the commercial scent manufacturers. Products that have been tested will be authorized to include the “RT-QuIC Tested“ logo. [See attached]
Despite the availability of this testing and certification, several states have proposed natural deer scent bans and have told the public that no such testing exists. Their recommendations appear to all be based on a document created by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 2018 that recommends a series of best management practices for dealing with CWD. Those recommendations were adopted without input from the scent industry or public but are now being used to change public policy.
“We have made major investments as a company to ensure that our products are safe” said Sam Burgeson, President of Wildlife Research Center. “It is frustrating that government regulators are either ignoring these advances or are unaware that these technologies