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EHD Rears its head!

Discussion in 'Indiana Whitetail Hunting' started by DadOfFour, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. From a Wild Bulletin Email:

    Deer Disease hits west central Indiana

    A viral disease called EHD appears to be infecting, and often killing, wild
    white-tailed deer in west central Indiana.

    EHD is not normally found in domestic animals, and is not transmissible to

    Hoosier hunters and hikers have recently been finding and reporting to the DNR
    an unusual number of dead wild deer in Greene, Clay, Owen, Parke, Putnam,
    Sullivan, Vermillion, Fountain and Vigo counties.

    Outdoorsmen and women have discovered as many as 30 dead deer while hiking or
    canoeing along stretches of streams. Initial investigations by DNR biologists
    point to a viral disease called EHD (Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease), transmitted
    by small flying insects called biting midges.

    DNR biologists have submitted tissue samples to the Purdue Animal Disease
    Diagnostic Lab for confirmation.

    EHD causes severe, flu-like symptoms in the deer, including a high fever. This
    causes infected deer to seek open water in streams or ponds to cool off. Many of
    the reported dead deer were found near water.

    Sick deer may lose their appetite, coordination and their fear of normal
    dangers. Animals become dehydrated and progressively weaker, with mouth and eye
    tissue often showing a rosy or bluish color. A significant percentage of deer
    that contract EHD die within one to three days.

    Indiana deer hunters are asked to observe deer they intend to take for a brief
    time. If the deer's posture or behavior indicates the deer may be sick, don't
    take it. There appears to be no risk associated with direct exposure to or
    consumption of an EHD infected deer.[/b}

    Use common sense when cleaning and preparing any deer. Never kill or eat a sick
    deer. Use rubber gloves. Be sure meat is cooked thoroughly to kill any bacteria
    or organisms that may be present.

    EHD usually affects local deer populations until the first hard frost, which
    kills the biting midges that spread the disease. The last major Hoosier EHD
    outbreak occurred in southern Indiana in fall 1996.

    Media contact,
    DNR biologist Dean Zimmerman,
    765-567-2151 or
  2. So does this stuff run its course then just boogey on down the road, or is it something that could be potentially catastrophic to the herd in these infected areas? How long would it take for a herd to rebound off an outbreak like this?

  3. well thank goodness it's this late in the year. don't think we are that far away from a good killing frost.
  4. EHD mortality

    From what I've read, about 1/3 of infected deer die from EHD. The biting flies (midges) are the carrier of the disease, so it's not transmitted from deer to deer per se, thus once a killing frost hits, the flies are knocked down and the disease would run it's course in those deer bitten/infected prior to the frost. Incubation period is like 5-7 days, and it can kill deer in 1-3 days after completion of the incubation period, so you could still have/find deer dying for up to maybe 2 weeks after that hard frost.

    BTW - although EHD is not transmissable to humans, deer can develop secondary infections that may render the venison unfit for human consumption, and there are other diseases that have symptoms similar to EHD, so bottom line is it not recommended to eat venison from a sick deer.
  5. thanks for the info. i think not consuming would be a smart choice.
  6. Do infected deer blow blood from their noses and or bleed internally. We found our first one dead. not sure if it was EHD or not because we found it in the middle of the bean field. It still had velvet on its rack and had been eaten pretty good... Should we be concerned at this point or juts be curious and keep an open eye out for other deer. I hope this is nothing more than hype and carries on down the road.
  7. A deer was found dead at a golf course in Vermillion County this past weekend believed to have EHD and one was found in a lake in Vermillion County during the Labor Day weekend. As far as I know that one was not confirmed as EHD but we speculate it was due to where the deer was found. In Clay County over 100 dead deer total have been found on 5 different farms.
  8. Well, poop!!

    My in-laws hunt on private land just outside of Poland.....had planned on trying my luck out there soon, haven't had any luck elsewhere.......doesn't look good.

    Here's to hoping one of my arrows find hide this season......
  9. Talked to a lady who works in our school office- Her daughter married into a Fountain County farm family. She said her family found 23 deer dead in corn fields they harvested this fall. The DNR says its EHD:(
  10. I believe it.. that stuff is horrible.. I seriously hope it doesnt come around again next year. Our farm took a pretty big hit. We found somewhere around 15 before the corn was off and we didnt even check the creek beds or sandbars that closely before we got that big rain early in the fall that probably washed a few of them away. Its not something i want to see running its course around our farm again.
  11. Our place in Owen County took a big hit too. Game camera photos and deer sightings are to a quarter of what they were last year. Found the rack of a real nice 8 last week and we are bumping in to a lot of scattered bones in our marsh area. Coyote numbers are way up too. We saw quite a few yearlings by themselves throughout Oct. It's a sad thing to see especially after passing so many up and coming bucks last year. Where it was unusual to not see a deer on stand last year, we are going as many as 5 or 6 sits without this year. I would be interested in hearing form others that have seen the drop (guess misery likes company) or any information on how long other counties took to come back from past EHD hits.
  12. It has taken its toll on our deer population. While we have not found deer, it has reduced our herd substantially. How long will it take to bounce back?