ATA Deer Protection Program
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 participants in this program have joined voluntarily and understand their significant role in protecting our wildlife resources. Each participant has agreed to take measures to meet or exceed state and federal CWD requirements and ensure that their products come from healthy deer herds.
For more detailed information on the Deer Protection Program, click here.
CWD, a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy that’s a cousin of “Mad Cow Disease,” is – experts think – transmitted by infectious proteins called prions. While the supporting science is questionable, some suggest that deer scents – made with deer urine – could be a source of CWD transmission, if not carefully managed.
Chronic wasting disease isn’t just a bowhunting problem. When too many deer die, it affects entire ecosystems, impacting everything from plants to predator populations. Currently present in at least 23 states and in Canada, CWD is a problem that has frustrated wildlife experts, bowhunters – and foodies who love getting their meat from deer, elk and moose.
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.
How can you help?
SUPPORT the Deer Protection Program and HELP stop the spread of CWD by purchasing scents labeled with the official ATA Seal of Participation. Only scents marked with the Seal are from manufacturers that have taken the initiative to be part of this Program and abide by its requirements.
Participating manufacturers include:
|Black Widow Deer Lures, Inc.||Indianhead Elk||Thought Stream, LLC|
|Buck Baits, LLC||Indianhead Whitetails Inc.||Tingley’s Northland Hunting|
|Buck Bomb Inc.||James Valley Scents||Tink’s|
|Buck Stop Lure Co. Inc.||Killbuck Scents||Top Secret Deer Scents / Portland Outdoors|
|Code Blue Scents||Martine’s Deer Scents||Wildgame Innovations|
|Conquest Scents||Mrs. Doe Pee's Buck Lures / American Outdoors||Wildlife Research Center Inc.|
|Doc’s Deer Farm & Scents||Nationwide Scents||Wyoming County Whitetail|
|Hunter Specialities Inc.||Robinson Outdoor Products|
In the industry and looking to join the effort?
To join the program, contact Mitch King, ATA's director of government relations, at email@example.com or (303) 585-0377.