The deadly disease EHD may have been the cause of this bucks death.
Here in Kansas whitetails were hit hard by the deadly disease EHD and it made for some tough deer hunting. Although I didn’t personally find any dead deer I did get several different reports from local farmers and hunters that found many dead deer. It seems our area was on the outer edge, getting worse as you go north of here of what was supposedly one of the hardest hit areas in Kansas. I talked to an outfitter who found seventeen bucks in one small pond. That had to be heart breaking. I also talked to a friend who was hunting WIHA (walk in hunting access) land that found several big bucks when they were hunting in November, the biggest being aroud 170″. You just hate hearing the stories of all the dead deer being found.
What is the deadly disease EHD? What causes it? Can it be prevented? These are just a few of the questions I had when I heard that it was the cause of the dead deer everyone was finding around here. So I started trying to learn as much as I could about this deadly disease EHD, and these are a few of the things I learned from various sources.
Deadly Disease EHD
Epizootic hemorrhagic disease the deadly disease EHD is caused by viruses that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, cows, and sheep, but is worse most often for the white-tailed deer
most commonly occurs during the late summer and early fall usually ends after the first frost
characterized by extensive hemorrhages
closely related to the blue-tongue virus
very high mortality rate
transmitted by a virus transmitted by a small biting fly genus Culicoides, some call them gnats, midges, no-see-ums, they are a small fly, three species are the primary transmitters of the viruses, the most significant transmitter is Culicoides sonorensis
high fevers lead deer to water where they lay in it to cool off because of the high fever they eventually become unconscious and die
not known to infect humans
worse in abnormally hot, dry summers
occurs in places that are ideal midge breeding areas – warm, shallow, murky, exposed to direct sun, with muddy bank that is often visited by deer, cattle, or feral hogs
Can EHD Be Prevented?
I found that there are some things you can do to help slow EHD and I’m all for that. I found a great article by Quality Deer Management Association that has some awesome information on ways to help slow EHD in your areas, please go and read this QDMA article and learn ways to help prevent EHD.
EHD is a terrible disease for the white-tailed deer and can really have a huge impact on a herd in certain locations hit hard. If you love whitetails as much as I do it would be smart to learn what can be done to help slow this disease and help spread that information to local farmers, neighbors, hunters, land owners and such.
Links for more Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Information
Hemmorhagic Disease of White-Tailed Deer source: UGA.edu/scwds
Well it is almost time for the second annual Monster Buck Classic We Are Kansas deer hunting show, it will be held January 25-27 at the ExpoCentre in Topeka Kansas. It should be a great weekend for the whole family, last years show was awesome and this years show should be even better. There will be a lot of great activities and great vendors and plenty of fun activities for the children. It will be a great show for all of us who love deer hunting.
Monster Buck Classic deer hunting show Topeka Kansas.
Here are some of the great things you can enjoy at this years show.
Monster Buck Contest: The announcement of each category winner for the 2013 deer hunting season will be Sunday and they could crown a new King of Kansas Typical or Non-typical should someone enter, qualify and win. Last year the first ever King of Kansas Typical and Non-Typical bucks were crowned. Lucas Cochren’s 242 inch brute is the reigning King of Kansas Non-Typical and Rachelle Karl’s 182 1/8 inch bruiser is the reigning King of Kansas Typical. Will they keep their crown for another year or will one or both of these Monster Bucks will be overcome by a bigger buck? It will be exciting to see!
Professional hunter appearances and seminars:
Lee and Tiffany Lakosky “The Crush”
Dan Thurston “Drury’s Bow Madness”
Zac Cooper “Little Man, Big Dreams”
Troy Landry of the television series “Swamp People”
The Antler Collector- The world’s largest free range shed collection
Dave’s West Texas Rattlesnake Show
Jerry Boyles 3-D Bow Range and Pop Up Course
Awesome kids venue:
Tim Wright and the Pellet Range
The Monster Buck Classic tattoo parlor
New for this year is the Bunge Trampoline and Giant Super Slide (these attractions have a fee to participate)
Russell Whiles Entertainment presents Laser Shot Shooting Simulator and Paintball Target (there is a fee to play these games)
Glenna Cane face painting (small fee for this)
T.H.E. Kids Bow
“The Redneck A Blind A Day Giveaway”:
They will be giving one away each day of the event. During the 2013 Monster Buck Classic each attendee will have the opportunity to take home a Redneck Blind, a $3,000.00 value.
As you can see it is going to be a great weekend of deer hunting fun, so if you get a chance come on out and enjoy the show. I am ready to see some big ole Monster Bucks! For more information on the show please visit the official website Monster Buck Classic.
The GoPro is great little video camera. I highly recommend you check out these awesome little cameras and get you one for filming your hunts.
GoPro HD Hero2 video camera is awesome.
I have put out some mineral lick sites in the last few weeks and deer are really hitting them pretty good. Now is a great time to put out those minerals, the does will be having their fawns before too long and the bucks will be growing their antlers before you know it so it’s good to give them those minerals now. Also it’s time to plant those warm season food plots for deer, turkey, and rabbit. I just love the spring time turkey season is well under way and the fishing is cranking up, but my preparations for next deer season are already under way and I have got some work to do to get ready for next season. I am getting my equipment ready early this year I have got a few things I need to get for next year like some stands and trail cameras and new arrows and broadheads etc.
It has been a busy last few weeks for me, I have been doing some intense four hour physical therapy on my shoulders to get me ready to return to work after being out quite some time for two major shoulder surgeries. I can now pull my Mathews Z7 back without the intense pain like before the surgeries.It sure is a lot better now than it was this time last year, there were times where I didn’t know if I would ever be able to bow hunt again. And for someone who loves bow hunting as much as I do that is a scary thing to think you might not be able to do something you love so much. A big thanks to the doctors and physical therapist you guys are awesome.
I also want to ad a little video I filmed at the first annual Monster Buck Classic We Are Kansas deer hunting show in Topeka Kansas. It was a great show and we are already looking forward to next years show. Talk about some big bucks, Kansas is no joke when it comes to monster whitetails.