USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Hemorrhagic disease (HD) hit whitetails extremely hard in 2012, the latest in a recent string of notable years for outbreaks.
The disease (mostly strains of a virus known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease or EHD, but which also includes the closely related bluetongue virus) is striking areas that were previously unaffected, or rarely affected.
In these areas it is having its worst impact, because whitetails have less history with the disease and therefore less acquired resistance to the viruses.
Wherever the virus strikes, the losses have hunters asking: What can we do to prevent EHD? I talked to an expert about a factor that is probably more well known than any other: the insect that spreads the virus.
What I learned could help deer hunters reduce the risk or severity …Read the Rest