Lately, venison has become really trendy. More and more places around the Bay Area are offering it, either as apps or mains.
Coincidentally, chronic wasting disease, the mad-cow-like disease in deer, has also lately become endemic.
Sure, the deer we eat are typically farmed and not hunted, and sure they say that eating the meat of diseased deer probably won't give you chronic wasting disease.
But how about this:
"It is not known exactly how CWD is transmitted. The infectious agent may be passed in feces, urine or saliva."
"It is likely that the disease has been passed in both directions (from captive to wild animals, and from wild to captive animals)."
(both from the FAQ page http://www.cwd-info.org/index.php/fus... at the site linked to below)
Sure, you're probably not at a big risk eating venison. But then again you *could* possibly be getting a fatal disease. It's not known exactly what the risks are.
Go ahead. Eat it if you want. But be informed -- there may or may not be a risk. Whether you decide to chance it is completely up to you.