The ATA’s Deer Protection Program seeks to ensure that ATA-member scent manufacturers and their product suppliers do everything possible to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer, elk and moose herds in the United States.
All Deer Protection Program participants have joined voluntarily and understand their significant role in protecting our wildlife resources. Each participant has agreed to meet or exceed state and federal CWD requirements. Participants also ensure their products come from healthy deer herds.
CWD is a contagious neurological disease that slowly kills every deer, elk or other cervid it infects. It’s been identified in 26 states and four Canadian provinces. The disease poses a serious threat to deer populations and state wildlife agencies, which rely on hunting and fishing license fees as a primary funding source.
CWD is caused and transmitted by infectious proteins called prions. CWD prions have been found in the urine of infected deer, although researchers have found no proven connection between urine-based hunting products and the spread of CWD.
Regardless, industry members are stepping up to participate in the ATA Deer Protection Program and assure consumers that they are doing their part in the fight against CWD.
SUPPORT the Deer Protection Program and HELP stop the spread of CWD by buying urine-based scent products labeled with the official ATA Seal of Participation. The seal ensures scent manufacturers and other program participants are doing their part to stop the spread of disease. Join now.
Participating manufacturers guarantee, through their participation in the ATA Program, that the cervid urine used in their products comes from participating Deer Protection Program facilities that comply with the following measures: