August 21, 2019
By Petersen's Bowhunting Staff
Leading deer-lure manufacturers Wildlife Research Center and Tink’s have partnered with CWD Evolution, LLC to fund a new testing protocol for chronic wasting disease. RT-QuIC allows manufacturers to test deer urine for CWD contamination in order to ensure safe use by whitetail hunters.
“We sought out the most recognized authorities regarding CWD transmission via urine to get their opinion,” said Phil Robinson of Tink’s. “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.”
“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.”
According to a joint press release, Wildlife Research Center and Tink’s have already begun testing their respective deer urines in 2019, with other companies expected to follow suit. Beginning in 2020, uncontaminated bottles of their products will carry the “RT-QuIC Tested” logo on their label.