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Weird Text Regarding Doe #8446825 11/12/21 10:14 PM
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My wife shot a doe on Sunday. It was processed at Whitakers in Iowa Park. It was a mature doe and nice size.
We just got the text below. When I responded, he said they are monitoring for CWD and asked for permission to test this doe and where our ranch was.
Anybody else get a text like the one below:

Ms. Walton, this is Charlie Newberry, I'm a wildlife biologist for this area with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. I'm contacting about a deer you took into whitakers. Nothing is wrong. If you would please give me a call back at your convenience that would be great my number is 325-203-2037

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Re: Weird Text Regarding Doe [Re: Cinch] #8446866 11/12/21 11:20 PM
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Probably on the up and up since he divulged his personal information but I would probably make a confirming call into Austin TPWD headquarters as well.

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He is listed as a Wildlife Biologist in Baylor county. Looks legit.



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Re: Weird Text Regarding Doe [Re: Cinch] #8447015 11/13/21 01:50 AM
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Biologist called me asking for permission to test the buck I shot opening day. I gave permission. They must be testing a certain number of deer in each county. I suspect they are doing it early in the season to catch any problems. Deer can have CWD for a long time before they start going downhill.



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Charlie is legit, but I wouldn’t give permission. CWD has been in Texas for over 50 years at least and not been a problem. It’s text book example of government justifying funding or seeking more funding (tax dollars). Follow the $$$.

Re: Weird Text Regarding Doe [Re: Cinch] #8448198 11/14/21 03:21 PM
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I ran into the biologist in Spur last weekend and he was checking every deer he could for CWD. We let him check the buck my son got.

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There was a TPWD biologist at the game processor in Wellington opening day when I dropped off. She did an age test and a few measurements. Mentioned that they were screening for CWD.

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Yep CWD same thing here

Re: Weird Text Regarding Doe [Re: Big_Ag] #8450242 11/16/21 02:49 PM
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Have it tested.
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Charlie is legit, but I wouldn’t give permission. CWD has been in Texas for over 50 years at least and not been a problem. It’s text book example of government justifying funding or seeking more funding (tax dollars). Follow the $$$.


One deer having CWD is a problem. I don't know how you can argue otherwise. Would you knowingly eat a deer with CWD?

Have it tested.


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You stand a greater chance of getting Covid than killing a deer with CWD.


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Originally Posted by Big_Ag
Charlie is legit, but I wouldn’t give permission. CWD has been in Texas for over 50 years at least and not been a problem. It’s text book example of government justifying funding or seeking more funding (tax dollars). Follow the $$$.


^^^ My feelings on the whole deal too.

Seems I find myself in the conspiracy camp more and more lately...but is it a conspiracy if 6 months to a year later it is shown to be accurate? I think it could be ground work for them to attempt to take hunting away from us.


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Originally Posted by Judd
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Charlie is legit, but I wouldn’t give permission. CWD has been in Texas for over 50 years at least and not been a problem. It’s text book example of government justifying funding or seeking more funding (tax dollars). Follow the $$$.


^^^ My feelings on the whole deal too.

Seems I find myself in the conspiracy camp more and more lately...but is it a conspiracy if 6 months to a year later it is shown to be accurate? I think it could be ground work for them to attempt to take hunting away from us.

Doubt that will ever happen - close to 50% of TPWD operating budget is derived from license/stamp sales.


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I got a call like this a few years ago, except the biologist didn't say "nothing is wrong", so it had me worried that he thought we did something wrong.

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Originally Posted by Halfadozen
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Charlie is legit, but I wouldn’t give permission. CWD has been in Texas for over 50 years at least and not been a problem. It’s text book example of government justifying funding or seeking more funding (tax dollars). Follow the $$$.


^^^ My feelings on the whole deal too.

Seems I find myself in the conspiracy camp more and more lately...but is it a conspiracy if 6 months to a year later it is shown to be accurate? I think it could be ground work for them to attempt to take hunting away from us.

Doubt that will ever happen - close to 50% of TPWD operating budget is derived from license/stamp sales.


Never saw the stuff happening the last two years...funny how "conspiracy guys" have been right the last year or so. I hope I'm wrong and you're right.


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Re: Weird Text Regarding Doe [Re: Cinch] #8452476 11/18/21 04:03 PM
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Could be unrelated to CWD. They look at a lot of different stuff. Land owner at the ranch I hunted a few weeks ago took a section of gut from each deer to give to biologists. They were looking for some type of parasite based on food sources.

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