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Urine-Based Deer Lures Advisory


The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife recommends the use of synthetic, non-urine-based scents or lures in deer hunting. The infectious prions which cause Chronic Wasting Disease can be spread through urine-based lures.

Studies have shown the prions can survive for years in contaminated soils and the environment. Urine-based scents and lures are not treated to kill the prions as heating or chemical treatments would also reduce the desired scent characteristics.

Hunters using urine-based scents should place them in areas out of contact with deer, the ground or vegetation.

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Last Updated: June 17, 2015