For example, only 47 percent of respondents said they agreed with the DNR's ban on baiting and feeding within the county. Forty-four percent disagreed.
They were similarly split when asked if the DNR's efforts to thin the Hampshire deer herd would stop the disease's spread. Forty-eight percent said yes, 40 percent said no.
One DNR rule did enjoy broad support; most hunters agreed with the agency's restrictions on transporting Hampshire-killed deer outside the county. Sixty-four percent believe it helps prevent CWD from spreading, while just 27 percent believe it does not.
DNR officials also got high marks for their ongoing efforts to collect tissue samples from dead deer and test them for prions, the rogue proteins that cause the disease.
Seventy-eight percent of respondents rated the DNR's testing program as "excellent" or "good." Only 4 percent gave it a poor rating.
Moreover, one in five hunters indicated that the testing program makes them more confident that the deer they kill will be disease-free.
When asked what they would do if DNR biologists stop taking samples, 20 percent said they would hunt elsewhere; 27 percent said they'd still hunt in the area, but would hunt less; 29 percent said they would kill fewer deer in Hampshire; and 16 percent said they'd stop hunting deer altogether.
When asked about eating deer from the county, only 10 percent said they eat less deer since CWD was found. At the same time, though, 24 percent said they would hunt within five miles of a site that had known CWD-infected deer.
The bottom line? Hunters still seem to want to hunt in Hampshire County. They respect what the DNR is doing in there, but they have problems with some of the agency's policies.