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October 20, 2011

How Bad Can EHD Get?

By Scott Bestul

Well, it’s bad enough in North Dakota that the state Game & Fish Department is offering to refund money to hunters who bought a deer license valid in any of 11 management units in the western part of the state. The department estimates up to 13,000 hunters will be eligible for a refund. The state has also cancelled the sale of leftover deer tags—traditionally sold on a first come, first served basis—in three of the affected units effective this week.

North Dakota first noticed evidence of an EHD outbreak in late summer. Wildlife officials said EHD deaths continued into the months of September and October, have impacted many western counties, and resulted in a “moderate to significant” loss of whitetail deer. Despite the refund offer, Game & Fish Department officials urged hunters to research deer numbers in their area, as some places were largely unaffected.

For a map of affected management units and more information, click here.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I had to look it up to see what it meant. Sounds like some kind of nasty hemorrhagic fever specific to wild North American ungulates. A bit like ebola for deer. Hope this outbreak disappears back into the void quickly.

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from walmsley wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

when that happened in Illinois in 2007, our DNR wildlife division handled it a bit differently- They Added/Expanded Gun seasons! Go Figure!

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from Hank111 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Wow, something Mike did not know!But now that he looked it up he is an expert on that too. Its spread by midges[gnats] that breed in the mud around water sources. Its been around forever and will never go away. It just breaks every year in varying degrees, usually worse in drought years when deer congregate around the remaining water. We have not had many this year, but it seems the longer an area goes without it breaking,the more devastating it is to the adult bucks and does.

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from Tom-Tom wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

EHD hit Missouri last year and was spotty in distribution. The area around our farm was in the center of one of those spots. Only two deer were taken from a 2,500 acre area that usually sees a harvest of 20-25 deer. And this year will likely mirror last year based on the early bow season. We are seeing a few more does with one young one but no mature bucks.

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from 8Crow wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Tom-Tom, what part of MO are you in? Our farm in Howard Co. was hit hard as well and everyone around the area seems to be singing the same tune. I've heard several accounts of people finding 12+ dead over the course of the summer. We've definitely noticed the impact during bow season and I think we're going to self-impose a bucks-only rule for this year and maybe next.

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from wildcaller11 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

dang that sounds nasty, hope it goes away soon, i feel bad for the hunters of north dakota

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I had to look it up to see what it meant. Sounds like some kind of nasty hemorrhagic fever specific to wild North American ungulates. A bit like ebola for deer. Hope this outbreak disappears back into the void quickly.

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from walmsley wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

when that happened in Illinois in 2007, our DNR wildlife division handled it a bit differently- They Added/Expanded Gun seasons! Go Figure!

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from Tom-Tom wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

EHD hit Missouri last year and was spotty in distribution. The area around our farm was in the center of one of those spots. Only two deer were taken from a 2,500 acre area that usually sees a harvest of 20-25 deer. And this year will likely mirror last year based on the early bow season. We are seeing a few more does with one young one but no mature bucks.

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from Hank111 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Wow, something Mike did not know!But now that he looked it up he is an expert on that too. Its spread by midges[gnats] that breed in the mud around water sources. Its been around forever and will never go away. It just breaks every year in varying degrees, usually worse in drought years when deer congregate around the remaining water. We have not had many this year, but it seems the longer an area goes without it breaking,the more devastating it is to the adult bucks and does.

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from 8Crow wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Tom-Tom, what part of MO are you in? Our farm in Howard Co. was hit hard as well and everyone around the area seems to be singing the same tune. I've heard several accounts of people finding 12+ dead over the course of the summer. We've definitely noticed the impact during bow season and I think we're going to self-impose a bucks-only rule for this year and maybe next.

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from wildcaller11 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

dang that sounds nasty, hope it goes away soon, i feel bad for the hunters of north dakota

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