Mar 10, 2004 — Feeding deer has long been a winter ritual in the north country, especially in the Adirondacks where deer herds are much smaller. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation banned the practice last winter. The new regulation is meant to slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, a mad-cow like ailment that has infected herds in the West and in Midwestern states. But some landowners are angered by the change. Bruce Landon is a caretaker on a property in Paul Smiths, where deer feeding has been a tradition for seventy years. He spoke with Brian Mann.