This isn't the type of discussion a person would normally have in mixed company, but it's time to talk deer urine.

It could be a public concern, another threat for the spread of chronic wasting disease.

Yes, a wildlife veterinarian from CWD-free Pennsylvania is sounding the alarm about deer urine, a lure some deer hunters use.

Walt Cottrell, the Wildlife Veterinarian for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, raised the specter of spreading CWD during a recent meeting of that state's game agency.

While Pennsylvania is CWD-free, Kansas isn't.

Instead, the Sunflower State must hang its head, knowing that it is one of 14 states that have found CWD in free-ranging deer.

CWD is an always-fatal, brain-wasting disease first found in Kansas in 2005.

Biologists have long suspected that CWD can be spread through the feces and urine of infected deer, as well as from saliva.

That's why the wildlife commission broached -- but quickly retreated -- from the notion that baiting or artificial feeding of deer might be a problem.

Early this year, outdoor enthusiast Paul Babcock, Hoxie, told commissioners that the time had arrived to ban baiting.

His suggestion was given lip service by the seven political appointees, but little else.

Instead, Commission Chairman Kelly W. Johnston, Wichita, said he'd like to see a cause-and-effect study to determine if the disease spreads when deer congregate.

That's been done, and the connection has been made.

Now there's the issue of deer urine, coming from captive herds sometimes shuttered away in dark buildings to force does into heat -- producing doe-in-heat urine. That's apparently the Chanel No. 5 of deer urine, and sells for as much as $100 a gallon.

Good stuff, eh?

It's not even purified to ensure that no diseases are present; it's strained and drained into 5-gallon buckets for shipping to distributors to water down and sell for about $5 an ounce.

There's debate about if the urine even works.

So, this idea of deer urine to pull in the big bucks -- those with trophy-sized antlers -- actually might be nothing more than a psychological edge for hunters.

And of course for the deer urine marketers, who also draw in the big bucks, as much as $18 million a year.

At what price, however, if the urine has the capability to spread CWD.

It's past time for the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission to do its duty and make a strong stand for the health of the state's deer herd.

Ban the use of deer urine, ban the practice of baiting and ban the practice of artificial feeding.

Our deer herd will be better off, and our hunters will be as well.