Major new hunting regulations in place to combat spread of fatal deer disease

A mother doe, left, cautiously moves to a feeding ground with her young Monday evening at Chester Frost Park.

New Tennessee hunting regulations are now in place to combat the spread of a fatal neurological disorder that affects members of the deer family and is 100 percent fatal.

Any deer, elk or moose harvested outside the state must have its meat removed from the bone before being brought into Tennessee as state wildlife officials attempt to combat Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD. The regulations were put in place by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for the newly begun hunting season.

An additional regulation that will ban the use of natural deer urine in Tennessee will go into effect for the 2019 hunting season.

"It's going to be an inconvenience to hunters, but Tennessee isn't the only state doing this," TWRA big game biologist Ben Layton said. "Regulations have been put in place in other states to slow down the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease."