Posted June 30, 2016 9:43 am by Comments

By Ammoland

This buck was found dead near a creek at QDMA Headquarters in fall 2012. Deer suffering with EHD often end up in or near water because of the fever and thirst associated with the virus.
This buck was found dead near a creek at QDMA Headquarters in fall 2012. Deer suffering with EHD often end up in or near water because of the fever and thirst associated with the virus.
Quality Deer Management Association
Quality Deer Management Association

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.

For a lengthier report on the 2012 outbreak, see page 16 of QDMA’s 2013 Whitetail Report.

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

Source:: AmmoLand

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